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It’s Time to Hit the Hay; Try These Tips to End Insomnia

It’s Time to Hit the Hay; Try These Tips to End Insomnia

Let’s learn how we can all get a good night’s sleep. 

We all know how important it is to get enough sleep, especially enough sleep and the ‘good’ kind of sleep.  Sleeping may relieve stress, fatigue, and even improve feelings of sadness and depression.  Additionally, getting a full night’s rest allows our bodies and our minds to regenerate and replenish themselves.  If we do not get enough sleep, it can leave us sluggish, grumpy, and often unprepared to tackle the day ahead of us.  However, it’s not always easy to get the sleep we need.  When we suffer from insomnia, a condition that makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep; it can be incredibly difficult to sleep despite our best efforts.  To avoid letting insomnia get the best of us, let’s all try these strategies to fight sleeplessness.

  • Avoid Stress

One of the biggest contributors to insomnia is psychological stress.  When we are stressed out, our minds become very active which can leave us feeling anxious and restless.  This of course, will make it harder for us to fall asleep at night.  To help reduce our stress levels, we should consider meditating or doing yoga before bed.  By practicing breathing exercises and clearing our minds, we will be able to manage our stress and sleep properly at night.

  • Exercise

Exercise isn’t just an important way to be active and maintain a healthy body weight; it can also help us fight insomnia.  If we lead sedentary lifestyles, we can suffer from back pain and other chronic illnesses.  This discomfort can keep us up at night.  To combat this discomfort and illnesses, we should exercise rigorously to tire ourselves out by bedtime.  It’s never a good idea to exercise before attempting to go to sleep.  It is recommended that our exercise regimen terminates at least a couple of hours before we climb into bed.

  • Avoid Caffeine

This may be obvious, but it’s important that we avoid caffeine before we go to bed.  Caffeinated drinks are stimulants and can keep our minds and bodies far too wired to sleep.  A good rule of thumb is to not have anything caffeinated after 12 noon.  Caffeine isn’t just for coffee or tea.  There is caffeine in some soft drinks, energy drinks, ice cream, yogurt, caffeine-added products such as chocolate, almonds, granola, jelly beans.

  • Unwind with a Bath

Finally, it can be very difficult to sleep if we feel hot, sticky, and generally dirty.  That’s why taking a nice bath can cleanse and soothe us, effectively preparing us for a good night’s sleep.  Not only will bathing drop our temperature which makes it easier to sleep, but it will also help us relax our minds and bodies before bed.

We at the at The Maria Sanchez Show encourage you to try out these tips to combat insomnia.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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