Millions of people suffer from insomnia and have chronic sleeplessness at night. While some people have learned how to deal with it, there are also some who toss and turn in their beds at night trying to get a decent sleep. Adults are recommended to get at least seven hours of sleep at night but with insomnia, sleepless nights are a norm for some. Luckily, there are things that you can do and change to get quality sleep at night.
- Your sleeping environment should be dark, quiet, and cool
There is no perfect sleeping environment but if you can, try to keep yours as comfortable as possible. Background noise, light, and hard pillows and mattress can interfere with your sleep. Use earplugs to mask any outside noise and make sure there’s good air circulation in the room by turning on the fan or opening the window. If you find sleeping with an eye mask uncomfortable, you can use blackout curtains to block out any light.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
The body will naturally follow your biological clock. If you can, you should set a definite time for going to bed and waking up at a specific time each day. Weekends are not an exemption. Do it even when you’re tired so that your body will recognise a regular sleep rhythm and follow it.
- Block off EMFs from your bedroom
to protect yourself at all times.
- Avoid stress or any stimulating activities before going to bed
It’s better to keep yourself relaxed before going to bed so you’ll have an easier time falling asleep. Stop using your phone at least an hour before sleeping because the blue light it emits will keep you awake. Avoid checking your social media, discussing or arguing with your spouse, or catching up on emails or work when you’re about to hit the sack. They can always wait until the next day, so for now, just prioritise catching some shut-eye.
- Don’t nap during the day
Catching a power nap after 3 pm will make it hard for you to fall asleep come night time. If you can’t help but doze in the afternoon, limit it to 30 minutes and before 3 pm.
Of course, there are medications or sleeping pills that can help you fall asleep at night. They’re only good for short-term use though and may even worsen your insomnia when used for a prolonged period of time. So, you still need to find ways to deal with your insomnia without relying on sleeping pills to get quality sleep at night.