We all deal with sleepless nights, but when this becomes a constant problem it can really start to affect other aspects of your life. When lack of sleep becomes consistent, most professionals would categorise this as insomnia. Insomnia is categorised as a chronic lack of sleep that drastically affects both your physical and mental health. The NHS estimate that 16 million people in the UK deal with insomnia annually. So let’s take a look at three suggestions I have for getting yourself on the right sleep path.
No More Blue Lights
The first of my top tips is to get your phone out of the bedroom. The blue light that your phone screen gives off makes it harder for your brain to get into sleep mode, therefore keeping it awake for longer. This is something that a lot of people may not know about, but shutting off your device at least one hour before you go to bed can drastically improve your sleep cycle.
Cut Down On The Stress
The next top tip is to try not to stress. Now I know that this is easier said than done, but if you really focus and give it a try, focusing on reducing your stress levels and putting yourself in a healthy mental space can do wonders for your sleep. Lots of people find themselves stressing about not getting enough sleep, then the stress leads to a lack of sleep and the lack of sleep leads to more stress. It’s just a vicious cycle that keeps feeding into your sleepless nights, so do your best and try to focus on reducing your stress levels by thinking about this differently. Changing your thoughts helps you feel better and in turn stress less.<
Treat yourself like you would a baby
Finally, the best way to ensure that you get to sleep is to treat yourself like a baby. What I mean by this is, would you expect a baby to fall asleep if you were blasting loud music, playing games and running around with it? If you tried to get a baby to sleep after all that excitement you would have a pretty hard time, and I can assure you that you’re no different. You have to make sure you are creating a relaxing environment before you set off to sleep.
With our phones constantly around us it can be hard to get our brains in the right mode for sleep. Our modern lives have taken a toll on the quality of sleep we get, but quite ironically the modern lives we live demand more focused and well-rested people. This problem can definitely be a struggle for some people, but I am confident that with the right help people can get their sleep schedule back on track.