Do you lay awake in bed at night struggling to get a good night’s sleep? If this sounds like you and you cannot fall asleep no matter how tired you are, then you could be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is a huge problem and is far more common than you may think! It can have a seriously detrimental effect on your mood, energy levels and stop you from being able to function properly during the day. In the long-term, it can also start to cause you serious health problems if it is not deal with. There is no need to suffer in silence and endure sleepless nights. Below, we have listed a few simple changes that you can make in your day to day life that will hopefully help you to get a good night’s sleep.
Ensure Your Room is Dark, Quiet and Cool
If you are struggling to sleep at night, making some simple changes to your bedroom space can have a positive impact. There are many factors that can interfere with your sleep, so ideally you will want to minimise this as much as you possibly can. Ensure that your bedroom is completely dark by using an eye mask or blackout curtains and pop in some ear plugs to drown out any outside noise. Furthermore, most of us will have experienced a sleepless night due to the room being too warm, so turn the heating off or open up a window to keep it cool. You may also want to try out a different mattress and pillows to see if that makes a difference to your sleep.
Get into A Routine
One of the easiest things that you can do to improve your sleep is to get into a solid routine. Your body has a biological clock and if you go to bed and then get up at the same time every day, your body will react to this routine and will recognise when you should be sleeping and when it is time to get up. Unfortunately, this does mean that you will have to continue this routine on your weekends! Even if you are tired, make sure you get up at the same time as this will then help you to get back into a regular sleeping rhythm.
Switch Off the Screens
You will probably already know this one, but it is really important, so we are going to drill it in! We are all guilty of spending way too much time on our technological devices including mobiles, tablets and televisions. This blue light that they emit will disrupt your body clock and combat sleep. Switch them all off at least half an hour before bed to get a good night’s rest.
If insomnia is having a hugely detrimental effect on your life and you are struggling to cope, speak with a GP. This is easier now than ever to do and you can even speak through video conferencing. Symptom we treat as doctors include insomnia, so make sure you don’t suffer in silence and book in an appointment today!