Sunday, December 4, 2011

Trouble Sleeping?

Seemingly more and more Americans are having trouble sleeping. This pattern is on the increase. Insomnia can start out with a couple of nights of tossing and turning to a point where you cannot sleep through the night without waking up. I personally have had times when I will lay awake in the middle of the night for an hour or more. During that time I find myself thinking about a lot of things. I often ask myself why I cannot think about all these issues or go through this in-depth analysis during the daylight hours. Another trouble I have is getting to sleep. The obvious challenge to all this is when during the day you lack energy and feel sluggish and inattentive. Sometime I just want to go to bed. Now what is one to do? Why is this happening? We are going to have to look at a number of things.

Repeated loss of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems. Problems such as lack of productivity, emotional problems, problems in relationship, personality changes, mental fatigue, and physical signs of weariness. Not only that, it can lead to severe anxiety. The objective of this article is to share some techniques that you can use to get a good nights sleep. To begin you are going to keep a diary of all the actions you take and the results if any you achieve.

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Establish a bedtime routine. Consistency is key here.

Create a comfortable sleeping environment.

Leave the window slightly open in your room for ventilation

Ideal room temperature is 65 to 70 degrees F

Get ear plugs if noises effect your sleeping

Increase your physical activity during the day, Just doing a little extra walking can help

Exercise as much as you can..

The ideal time for exercise is early evening.

Breathing exercises; this helps oxygen flow in the blood.

Relaxing music can lull you to sleep.

Start to relax before you go to sleep.

Preferably do not watch TV shortly before you sleep.

Avoid stimulants in the evening.

In the event you worry a lot, write your worries down on paper

A good old warm bath can do wonders.

Burn your favorite incense.

Drink Chamomile tea a few hours before sleep.

Watch your diet.

We are faced with challenges daily. Be attentive and observant of your activity during the day. Deal as best you can with issues as they arise. Take a little time out, if possible to be by yourself and think things through. Your day is there to be proactive and the evening is there to wind down. The night is there to get sleep. Get it all into prospective. Good sleep means good health.

Trouble Sleeping?

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