Stress and anxiety have always been the culprit to sleep disorders. I know it’s going to be so frustrating if you are not getting a night of good sleep and I’m throwing jargons like melatonin and how does it regulate our sleep cycle. Well, I will stop the torment but if you are the jargon-loving-type, do check it up here.
People often think that startup entrepreneurs are notorious for their sleep deprivation. Well, maybe that’s true but let’s not forget about nappy changing parents, programmers working through the nights to fulfill promises made by the sales team, or bloggers like me stressing over the fact if this post would even hit 100 page views.
The fact is, most of us will probably have sleep disorders or in a serious case, insomnia at some point in our life. It’s ok to brush it off once in a while, but long-term sleep deprivation will lead to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality, according to this article from the Harvard Medical School
I’ve had my fair share of a sleepless night and managed to find some way that works (and I’ve never taken a single sleeping pill in my life). So here are some ways to get a good night sleep naturally.
If you are carrying more than one smartphones, leave them out of your room. The same with tablet PC, or your working laptops. You’ll sleep better without them constantly reminding you of the fast-paced schedule you have in your life. Oh, if you have been using your smartphone as the alarm clock, consider getting a proper one instead.
I know that some of you would have thousands of things going on in your mind, especially during bedtime. The unfinished proposal, the angry clients, or simply what to cook for your kid tomorrow? Just start a “bedtime journal” and write it down one hour before you sleep. You could even plan your next day ahead if it would give you better peace of mind.
This is one of my favorites. No “Blogging for Dummies” or anything that would stimulate your brain cells into hyper mode. Leave all that for the next day. Probably a light read on some fictional novel or lifestyle magazines. Reading will help to transition your mind from busy mode to a more relaxed state if you read the right stuff.
Most people sleep well after a late night exercise. But if you belong to a small group of 3% (according to this study), then schedule your work-out few hours before bed, and wait for your body to cool down and the adrenaline subsides before going to bed.
Yes, you tend to fall asleep easily after a few drinks. But ever wonder why you woke up feeling more tired than usual? Like you never really rested? That’s because alcohol is disrupting your REM sleep that is thought to be restorative. (That’s the part of the sleep where dreams occur).
For smokers, the fact is nicotine could disrupt your sleep pattern even more than alcohol does. Nicotine makes it difficult to fall asleep and robs you of the deep sleep cycle. It totally messes up your sleep process. Oh, did I mention it could lead to insomnia? Check this out.
Caffeine is also another no-no, at least 4 hours before bedtime. The after effects vary for different people, as the time to clear the caffeine from our system differs. Fancy a cup of espresso on your night reading? Try changing it to warm milk or check out point number 8.
A favorite bedtime tea, chamomile tea contains no caffeine and has a soothing quality that calms the mind. It has been used for thousands of years ago due to its medicinal properties. Recent studies have suggested more health benefits than inducing sleep alone.
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Blogging is hungry work, especially working on a list like this until the wee hour of the night.
If you have late night snacking habits, either you get rid of the habit, or you could try foods like ham and cheese rolls, walnuts, spiced popcorn or a small bowl of rice. Fancy why these foods work? Check out this article by Jessica Migala.
Have you tried sleeping with the light turned on? I’ve done so a couple of times dozing off while reading. And the next day I woke up? It feels like I’ve lost a few hours of sleep. In fact, if you are constantly exposed to unnatural light sources when you are asleep, it could lead to a risk of depression. So get those light-blocking drapes or an eye mask. It’s your choice for good night sleep.
I’m fussy about pillows. For me, it’s more than getting comfortable. It’s about preventing joint problems or aches in the shoulders, back or serious spinal issues. (I’ve got to an age that these things start to bother me). Bet you didn’t realize how much problems getting the wrong pillow could cause.
Same as above (This is where I’ve had my regrets.)
Only thing is getting the wrong mattress could affect your network of blood vessels as well. More about this here.
I’m not sure is this the same for everyone, but I feel more comfortable when my room is clean and tidy. Even if you don’t make your bed in the morning, do take some effort to make it clean, neat and tidy before you sleep. You will feel the difference.
Having the right scent in your bedroom could help you ease into a good night sleep. And research has shown that these four scents do have a positive effect on your sleep.
– Valerian Root
It just takes a couple of drops of essential oil to turn your bedroom into a stress-free sleep inducing zone.
Many articles suggested taking a warm bath before sleep. It doesn’t work for me. A cold bath works better. That’s because when you are having insomnia, your body’s core temperature is higher at night. Guess what a warm bath will do? If a warm bath doesn’t work for you, try a cold bath. You could be surprised.
Ok. I knew I said I won’t spout jargons in this post. But cherries and oats are foods that contain melatonin which helps regulate your sleep. Read this guide to know more about melatonin and how it affects your sleep cycle.
You have to find your ideal bedroom temperature. The vague guideline is not too warm or too cold. The science is that a cooler temperature not only induces sleep but also affects how well you sleep. That’s because when you sleep, your brain is telling your body to reach a cooler temperature, according to this article from WebMD.
Dress up for your sleep. Get into your favorite pajamas. Subconsciously, this tells your mind that you are out of your battle suit a.k.a. your everyday clothes and you are ready to sleep. If you hate pajamas, then get some comfortable clothes just for sleeping.
Some people are light sleepers, they woke up at the slightest noise. In this case, I would suggest using some white noise, like water dripping or a table fan blowing at full speed. I used to use the latter to drown out conversational noise that’s disrupting my sleep.
Not all music can help you sleep, some have the opposite effect. A search on Youtube shows millions on hit. If they suit you, by all means, go ahead.
But I listen to none of them.
I prefer something deeper than merely relaxing music. This Abundance Relaxation Music is what I’m listening to right now. It’s calm, relaxing, hypnotic and it’s totally FREE for download.
I can’t end this list without mentioning meditation as a good way to give you a better sleep. Does counting sheep work for you? If not, try meditation. I’ve tried countless times and it works. How? Subscribe and download a simple mindful meditation guide or you can check out Master Your Mind online meditation course in my review here.
How do you prevent stress from robbing you a good night sleep? Do you have sleep problems? What other ways you have tried for a night of better sleep? Share your thoughts in the comment below.
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I am an engineer-turned-writer who once struggle with social anxiety. After overcoming problems inflicted by low self-esteem and the fear of interaction, I realize the need for taking a holistic approach in developing our mind. I'm sharing my experience, remedies, and techniques that interest me in my quest to be a better self.
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