I used to have insomnia for a brief period of my life. It began out of nowhere. I was quite perplexed and worried about why I was not able to fall asleep. Like most of you, I started doing my research on the internet looking for answers to my insomnia. I tried all of the seemingly practical tips but I was still having trouble falling asleep. I even went to a doctor but all he wanted to do was give me sleeping pills. I decided to not take any drugs because I did not want to be dependent on them.
I became quite a zombie during the day since I couldn’t focus due to a lack of sleep. The good news is that my insomnia eventually went away. I am not sure what did the trick but I would like to pass on a few things that I learned from my insomnia.
1. Don’t get stressed out because you can’t fall asleep right away. If you can’t fall asleep, lying in bed and relaxing will eventually put you to sleep. We have all had nights when we can’t fall asleep.
2. Avoid external stimulants prior to bedtime. For me, it was to turn off the computer one hour before bedtime. For others, it means staying away from coffee, alcohol, or talking on the phone. Only you know what you do that cause you to not be able to fall asleep.
3. Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Getting on a sleep schedule will train your body when it is time for bed. I know the temptation is strong to sleep late when you go to bed late, but if you have insomnia, it is important to get up at the same time everyday.
4. Start to wind down an hour or two before bed. For some, it might be reading a book, listening to some relaxing music, doing yoga, or meditating. Reading, listening to audiobooks, and meditating always does the trick for me.
5. Create a soothing sleep environment. That usually means a cool and dark room with comfortable pillows. If external sounds interfere with your ability to fall asleep, you can invest in a white noise machine.
These are the things that have worked for me.