Generally speaking, I sleep very well. I read before bed every night and usually drift off very quickly. Like everyone, though, I have occasional bouts of insomnia. When I have a lot on my mind or something is troubling me I will wake up in the night and my mind starts going and I can’t fall back to sleep. Today’s topic, 10 Ways to Beat Insomnia, is about offering suggestions on what to do when that happens.
- Try and quiet your mind. I find that when I ponder the issues I just compound my sleeplessness so I try instead to think about nothing. Every try to do that? It’s hard.
- Read. I’m lucky that Dale is a heavy sleeper because I can turn the light on and read without disturbing him.
- Get up. I don’t usually do this but it’s probably better than lying in bed and getting frustrated about not falling asleep.
- Count sheep. I know, it’s cliche, but I think it actually works. We have to be careful with this one, though, because as knitters we may actually get excited when thinking about sheep.
- Cut back on the caffeine. I generally don’t drink coffee after 11am and if I have a cup of tea in the evening I make sure it’s decaffeinated. Think about hidden sources of caffeine, too, like chocolate or coca cola.
- Exercise regularly but not in the evening. I definitely find that I sleep better at night when I have exercised that morning.
- Don’t watch the clock. Thinking about losing sleep or having to get up in an hour or two isn’t going to help you fall back to sleep, that’s for sure.
- Stay off the computer before bedtime. I read somewhere that the light from the screen actually stimulates your brain and can keep you awake. I try to be done with all computer related stuff by 8 or 9 pm anyway. Let’s face it, Facebook and emails will be there in the morning.
- Keep your bedroom cool. As I approach my mid 40s it’s becoming more and more apparent how important this one is. Ahem.
- Ambian. On the nights when I know Dale won’t be getting home until the wee hours because of a band job, I take preemptive measures and pop a little sleeping pill. I don’t do it often enough for it to be habit forming (less than 10 times/year, at most) and it really helps me out on those nights.
Sleep is a good thing and I’m hoping you all get a good night’s sleep tonight!