Sleep is one of my favourite things to do, but not all of us can achieve a good night’s sleep. We all lead busy lives, with many demands on our time. We have family commitments, work and school obligations as well as social and domestic requirements. So if you don’t have an adequate sleep, it really can affect how you go on and function each day. So many of us do struggle to get enough sleep. Suffering from anxiety (such as myself) kills your desire to sleep in more ways than one. There have been plenty of times where I can feel my eyes and body be completely exhausted but my mind will continue to work even into the early mornings. Even if you do get sleep, the quality of it might not be very good. It is so important to be able to rest as much as you can, though. It will help you to function in your daily life better. Your moods will improve, which can help your relationships, as well as what you eat. So it is pretty much a no-brainer that getting good sleep should be a top priority. Here are a few ideas to help you.
One of the first things you need to do is to get in a pattern.
Having a pattern and routine when it comes to sleep is so important. It is wise to go up to bed at the same time each night. It is also a good idea to get up at the same time each day. Getting in a pattern is such a good idea as your body will adjust and get used to how it all feels. Your body clock will adjust, and that should, in turn, help to improve the quality of the sleep you have. The aim is to get to the point where you have a natural waking time. Then you know the sleep you are getting is quality sleep. If you need to set an alarm, then it might be time to go to bed earlier. You might be thinking about weekends and having a sleep in. It would be possible to have a small amount of time in bed, more than you normally would. Having hours and hours is no good, though. It can give you a similar effect as jet-lag. So it would mean that you’d find it hard to get to sleep that night. So avoid sleeping in as it will hinder how well you sleep.
Alternatives to help aid you into sleep
There are other options for you too. If you really struggle to even get to sleep in the first place, then a sleep aid might be a good help. There are all different kinds of sleep aids out there on the market. So it might be worth trying some and seeing what works for you. First of all, there are medicinal sleep aids. It would mean having a tablet a few hours before going to bed. These should be used with caution, though, and only as directed by the packet instructions. There are more natural sleep aids out there too such as melatonin (which I personally use). You could look for hypnosis downloads to listen to when you are in bed. Hopefully, it will help you to learn to drift off naturally.
There are some other ways to unwind before bed, that can really help too. Listening to relaxing music while having a hot bath filled with lavender bath salts before bed can also be a good way to get to sleep. Having a warm drink is also a good way, like brewing a cup of camomile tea as well as avoiding using mobile phones, laptops and tablets before bed.