This article is one in a series of suggestions that are designed to help with our daily struggles and challenges we may face.
Most people at some point in their lives struggle with insomnia. Occasional sleeplessness seems to be part of modern life.
Here are some suggestions for getting a good nightâ€™s sleep:
1. Establish regular times for going to bed and getting up in the morning. Research shows that people who are consistent in their routine sleep more consistently and efficiently.
2. Cease all electronics at least one hour before retiring. Research has shown that people who are exposed to electronics such as a computer, phone, TV tend to have poorer sleep hygiene. Sleep cycles are found to be less deep and restorative.
3. Eliminate all forms of caffeine by three pm. Caffeine can cause difficulty in falling to sleep as well as interruptions in the sleep cycle.
4. Watch alcohol intake. Alcohol causes sleep disturbances which can be manifested as disruption in the sleep cycle and poorer sleep quality.
5. Sleep in a cool room. Research shows that people who sleep in a cool environment tend to have higher quality sleep.
6. Clear your brain before retiring for the night. Make it a goal to be organized for the next morning, keep a worry journal by your bed, take some deep cleansing breaths.
If you struggle with recurring or ongoing insomnia please consult with your primary care physician. Insomnia can be indicative of medical conditions that may require treatment.