Ok y’all, I suffer from ‘self-diagnosed’ insomnia. I have a really hard time falling asleep at night. I’m up into the wee hours of the night, tossing and turning just to get a good night’s rest. And when morning comes, I look like a zombie struggling to make it through my work day (sigh). I first noticed my trouble falling asleep about 4 years ago, back then it was a bit more manageable. I didn’t think that much about it because I have always been a night owl. But in recent years, it’s gotten worse y’all. I can’t remember the last time I’ve gotten a good night’s rest the natural way without depending on sleeping aids. Yes, y’all I have been relying on sleeping medication like ZZZquil to get through my nights for a long time. Recently, I decided to go on a mission to rid myself from depending on sleeping medication and adopt some natural healthy remedies to solve my insomnia.
Full disclosure, I am not a doctor, and this might not work for everyone. Consult with your physician for the right measures to take in treating your insomnia.
1. Workout or walking
Y’all I hate working out! But absolutely need to for a slew of reasons(my metabolism just isn’t the same anymore (sigh)) but I find that when I work out, whether at the gym or simply taking a walk in my neighborhood during the early evenings or after work it gets me super tired, winds my body down and takes me right to sleep. I know simple, right? You would be surprised how many times I can’t work out because I am either busy taking care of other things or having late evenings work meetings. My time is scarce, so anytime I can sneak in a workout or walk I try to do so to keep my mind from running 24/7.
2. Sleepy tea or warm milk
Now I am not a tea drinker, I don’t care what kind it is. I hate it and do not like the taste of it. But I find that when ever I do drink a “SleepyTime” herbal tea it helps me go to bed with ease. There is something calming about sipping something hot before bed. If you do not like tea like myself, try drinking warm milk before bed, it also does the trick.
3. Sleeping noises or sounds
At first, I thought this would be ineffective, I mean seriously how would listening to the sound of the ocean or rain drops help me out? But, I decided to give it a try anyway. I opened my Youtube app, and typed in thunderstorm and rain, because I actually like the sound of hearing raindrops fall on my window and thunderstorms. At first it took me awhile to get into it, but after a few hours , I fell right into a slumber.
4. Wind-down routine
Leading up to your bedtime, create a wind-down routine, preferably an hour before.: I created a routine which informs my brain that it’s time for bed. I make sure I practice this routine the exact way each night. This way, my brain expects the result to be bedtime. I take a 30 minutes warm bath or shower each night, brush my teeth, put on my pajamas, do a quick 15 minutes reading and then get into bed. I know again simple, right? The trick is to make sure you do this every night, in the exact order so your brain can be trained to attain the sleep results you require. I’m not going to lie this is really tough attain, because my schedule differs each night depending on how late I have to stay at work etc. so I’m still trying to lock this down. But having a routine can really help your insomnia.
5. Turn Everything Off and Reserve Your Bedroom for Sleeping ONLY!
Ok y’all this is the hardest for me. I am always on my phone whether it’s checking my emails or catching up with the latest tea on the Shaderoom. I like to do these activities right in the comfort of my bed. However, I have started to realize that it’s important that I only reserve my bedroom for sleeping in order to train my brain to recognize that when I get in bed that means it’s time to sleep. If I want to watch TV, surf the net, or lurk on social media (don’t judge me) I try to do so outside of my bedroom and only hit the sheets when it’s time for bed.
These are some of the habits that I have adopted so far! To keep it 100, I haven’t perfected these habits yet and still find myself slipping every now and then, but whenever I do get the ball rolling I find the results to be fulfilling and they help me address my insomnia struggles.
What are some of the sleeping habits that you implement? Did you try any of the remedies listed in this post? Share and comment below!
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