Across Britain, hundreds of people have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. This wave of insomnia is hardly surprising: modern life can be stressful and sleep is often the first casualty of stress. Luckily, however, the problem is surprisingly easy to solve. If you suffer from insomniac tendencies, there are plenty of simple techniques you can use to help yourself get to sleep.
1. Unwind before bed time
After a rough day, don’t just fall straight into bed. Regardless of how tired you are, you need to ‘switch off’ before you can enter a relaxing sleep. Take time to read, have a warm bath, listen to some quiet music or do something else that helps wash away the worries of the preceding day. That way, when you get into bed, your mind will be ready for sleep, not just your body.
2. Don’t be afraid to get up
If you find yourself lying in bed, unable to sleep, don’t just lie there fretting about it! Doing that just makes it more likely that you won’t be able to sleep at all. Instead, get up and do something that relaxes you until you start to feel drowsy again, then go back to bed. It might seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes you have to get out of bed (albeit temporarily) before you can go to sleep.
3. Consider a new mattress
If you’re having trouble sleeping, an uncomfortable mattress can seriously exacerbate the problem. Is your mattress comfy enough? If not, it really is worth investing in a new one; you’d be surprised how much of a difference it can make.
4. Take control of your bedroom environment
If your mattress isn’t at fault, the room it’s in might be. To get a really good night’s rest, your bedroom should be as dark and quiet as possible. It’s therefore worth asking yourself if your curtains block out enough external light and if your walls, doors and windows stop enough sound from entering your inner sanctum. If not, consider taking steps to fix the issue. For the best night’s sleep, you need to be undisturbed.
5. Keep a regular sleep pattern
Finally, remember that going to bed and rising at different times on different days can disrupt your ability to sleep properly. Try to keep your sleep schedule as regular as possible; this will program your body to sleep more easily at those times.
Of course, the techniques we’ve presented here aren’t the only ways to conquer insomnia – it would take hundreds of these blog entries to list all of them! If you’ve got any helpful hints on getting a decent night’s rest, why not let us know in the comments section?