What to Stop Doing to Cure Insomnia
In this economy there are many Americans losing sleep. If you suffered from this malady before, financial stressors have only made a bad situation worse. To ease this uncomfortable situation don’t spend exorbitant amounts of money (which will only add to the stress). There are lots of things that you can do and purchase for little or no money. In the next few articles, I intend to explore some of these at length.
Before we get started on our exploration it is important to understand that there are many underlying factors to why a person can’t get a good night’s rest. So everything will not work for everybody. In this article I’d like to explore some behaviors that may be keeping you from your rest.
Let’s start with the “thou shalt nots”. One thing you want to do, not only for sleep but for health reasons is to cut out snacks before bed. Raising your blood sugar will get you ready to go but not to sleep. And this is especially true of sugary snacks, as you may crash later, wake and not be able to get back to sleep.
Cut out the TV right before bed. There is precious little content on the tube that will lull you into a restful night’s sleep. In fact some of what I’ve seen on television has done more to keep me awake. And let’s take this a step further and remove the television from the bedroom all together, shall we?
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and foods that don’t agree with you. If you have to keep running to the bathroom during the night you’re disrupting a complete sleep cycle which needs 5-6 hours to complete depending on your body. To this end discontinue liquids 2 hours prior to bedtime reducing the likelihood of having to “go” during the night.
So far nothing that we’ve covered has caused us to break the bank. These are simple lifestyle changes we can make that will greatly impact our quality of sleep.
Stay tuned for the “thou shalts” that will get us even further along the path to dreamland.
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