i want to sleep better

Sometimes we can’t sleep even when we’re tired. We might find it hard getting to sleep or we might wake up in the night and not be able to get back to sleep. We might have a restless sleep and wake up exhausted. Here are some things to try to help you get a better night’s sleep.

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There are lots of things that can stop us from having a good night’s sleep. Figuring out what’s causing it can help us get on to finding a solution. Here are some of the common reasons for bad sleep.:

  • If we have too much on our mind, we can lie awake thinking about it or wake up in the night because we’re still worrying while we’re asleep.
  • Brain still in active mode. If you watch a lot of TV or go on social media or dating sites before bed, this can “wake up” your brain and make it harder to get to sleep.
  • Although alcohol can be a sedative, if we drink before bedtime it can also cause us to wake up in the early hours of the morning because of a headache, thirst, or a need to pee.
  • Too much energy. If you’re an active person and you haven’t done any exercise for a couple of days you might have trouble getting to sleep because your body still has energy to burn.
  • Pain, aching joints or arthritis.
  • Side effects from prescription medications.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, some of these tips might work for you:

  • Get into a routine of going to bed at the same time every night.
  • Have some relaxation time before bed. Read a book or listen to a podcast. Maybe a hot bath.
  • No screens for half an hour before bed. Turn off your laptop and put your phone down.
  • Have a soothing non-alcoholic drink like peppermint tea or warm milk.
  • Write down everything that’s on your mind so you can put it aside til morning. The bonus is you’ll probably work out a better solution to the problem after a good night’s sleep.
  • We are programmed to sleep when it’s dark. The darker the room, the better you should sleep.
  • Cut out caffeine after lunch.
  • Eat protein before bed (cheese or nuts) to help regulate your blood sugar levels. This should help if you wake up during the night.
  • Visit your chemist for some over the counter sleep assisting supplements or visit a naturopath if you prefer organic supplements.

If you haven’t slept properly in a while, you are probably feeling the effects of it. Sleep deprivation can cause us to be irritable, irrational, fuzzy headed, and forgetful. Then we get frustrated on top of all that because we just can’t sleep. If our suggestions haven’t worked for you then it’s time to get help.

  • Go to your doctor and talk about it. They’ll help you figure out the heart of the problem or refer you to another health professional who may be able to help you.
  • Your doctor might prescribe you some sleeping pills in the short term so you can at least get a bit of sleep. The most important thing right now is that you get a few nights rest to recharge.

useful resources

Here are some useful brochures and resources on sleeping better.

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