How to Beat Insomnia

According to the Great British Sleep Survey over 51% of us find it hard to switch off and get a good night’s sleep so if you have been suffering with insomnia, you are not alone.   Many of us take medication to help solve the problem, only to discover the effects are only short term and come with unpleasant side effects.

There are many natural remedies that can help relax you at bedtime like herbal teas, bath salts and essential oils.  But, if you feel like you’ve tried everything and are still not having any success check out my 5 Super Steps to Restful Sleep:

1. Keep your bedroom clutter free

Lots of clothes lying around waiting to be washed, piles of paperwork scattered on the floor or shoes strewn everywhere mean that when you climb into bed your mind is distracted by the chaos.  Your bedroom needs a place of peace and tranquility for you to truly gain good rest.

2. Turn down the temperature

Studies have shown that the ideal temperature for sleeping is 15-20°C (60-68 Fahrenheit).  Research also indicates that interestingly many insomniacs experience an increase in body temperature at night compared to normal sleepers and therefore struggle to fall asleep if the room is too hot.  Try turning down the heat!

3. Keep a journal

… and a pen by your bed and write down everything playing on your mind before you try to nod off to sleep.  It is easier to drift off without ‘to do’ lists floating around in your head.  Get your thoughts down on paper so you can release them from your mind.

4. Draw a picture

You might not have played with coloured chalks or pastels since you were a child, but give yourself permission to doodle in any way you please before bed and your subconscious mind will thank you for it.  Choose whatever colours you feel drawn to and allow them to swirl, twirl and make patterns on the page.  This gives your subconscious the chance to process any unfinished business from your day and settle down for sleep.

5. Notice your thoughts

It is impossible to stop thinking completely, in fact doing this will only mean you think even more!  Instead, after completing steps 1-4 notice any remaining thoughts as they come in, allow them to float by like clouds in the sky, observe them as they meander along, then just as easily allow them to float away again.  Keep doing this and before you have realized it you will have drifted off into a deep slumber

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