A poor night’s sleep can make anyone unhappy, and according to the Great British Sleep Survey, it’s a problem that 51 percent of us struggle with. Recent evidence shows that lack of sleep can cause low energy levels, mood swings, concentration problems, and decreased productivity. It can also affect people on a deeper health level, increasing the risk of health conditions like diabetes and strokes.
Medication for insomnia has been on the rise in Britain, with 15.3 million prescriptions for sleeping pills dispensed in the last year alone. But new research has discovered that there are some things individuals who suffer from insomnia can do to make sleep come more easily.
Darkness is an important factor when it comes to getting a good sleep. Some research has also indicated that light from devices like laptops and smartphones should be avoided for at least a couple hours before sleep. A comfortable environment is necessary. Keep your sleeping area dark, quiet, clean, and well-ventilated.
Any stimulation close to bedtime can alter one’s ability to sleep. Avoiding things like caffeine, alcohol, heavy meals, and strenuous exercise right before bed can aid restfulness. Individuals should think about what they’re putting into their body and set limits for late-night activities.
Research also indicates that a nap isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s much better to set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Even if individuals have trouble sleeping one night and want to take a nap during the day, it’s best to avoid the nap and hold out until bedtime.
Many people have problems sleeping simply because they’re thinking too much about their inability to sleep. The study indicates that individuals shouldn’t go to bed unless they’re sleepy, and they shouldn’t let themselves get discouraged if they are unable to fall asleep right away. Trying to relax before bed, and avoiding anxiety and worry will clear one’s mind and help prevent insomnia.
Advice on dealing with insomnia is available here.