How to get the dream you wanted

When I was a kid, I never really understood the value of getting a good night’s sleep, who does? Usually I would sneak out of bed in the afternoon when it was nap time. At night I would spend a lot of time watching television or playing games and most of the time I deprived myself of the 8 hours of sleep that my young body needed. But adults don’t have the same luxury of sleep as children, and sometimes they even suffer from sleep disturbances.

It’s very frustrating not being able to sleep at night and you end up staring at the ceiling and counting sheep. If you suffer from repeated bouts of insomnia, try these few proven remedies.

Sleep, get up at the usual time and stick to it. This will help stabilize your biological clock. Try to go to sleep at the same time each night and create a sleeping pattern. Wake up at the same time every morning. Once you have established your sleep pattern, you will feel sleepy and alert at a specific time. Only sleep when you are very sleepy. By doing so, you minimize the time you spend awake in your bed and reduce the chances of tossing and turning hoping to fall asleep.

Get rid of stress. Avoid dancing, exercising, watching an action packed movie, reading a murder mystery book before bed. Stressful physical and mental activities like these and performed before bed release adrenaline and stimulate you even more.

Sleep alone in your bed. Try, as much as possible, not to do anything in your bed other than sleep. Avoid reading, eating, and studying in bed. Let your body know that once you lie down in your bed, it is time to sleep.

Don’t go to bed too early. Normal bedtime is after dinner, not before. Going to bed before seven in the afternoon would mean waking up in the middle of the night thirsty or hungry. Going back to sleep wouldn’t be too easy.

Take a warm bath. Although taking a warm bath relaxes your body, it is actually the drop in temperature that initiates drowsiness and makes you sleepy. So, try taking the lukewarm bath a few hours before going to bed.

Create a quiet and comfortable bedroom environment. If you are uncomfortable in the morning light and your room has a lot of sunlight in the morning, install blackout curtains or drapes. A cooler room is more conducive to sleeping than a warm room. However, have enough blankets to keep you warm. Installing an air conditioning unit will help alleviate the heat when some nights can be hot and uncomfortable during the summer.

Avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. These can keep you awake all night if taken before bed.

Have sleeping rituals. If kids lol when their parents read their favorite stories, you too can find your own bedtime ritual. It could be listening to relaxing music or doing some meditation. You can also count your blessings for the day and be thankful for them and postpone your path to deep sleep.

Good luck and have a good night’s sleep too! Sweet Dreams to all!

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