Wednesday, February 13, 2008

i can't sleep

It is 2:30 in the morning. Here i am writing this. I don't know what my problem is... i never have trouble sleeping but lately i feel like i have some form of insomnia. It's probably because i have a million things to do this next week and i am stressing myself out. Yeah, that's probably it. I am a worry wort sometimes and it drives me crazy!!! Some things in life you just can't change, and sometimes it feels like nothing is going right. I'm pretty sure everyone has felt this way. The trick is to not let it take over our precious sleep time!
I found some helpful tips if you are losing sleep right now like me... 

Tip 1. Go to sleep and wake at the same time each day.
Keeping a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, may help develop a sleep-wake rhythm that encourages better sleep.

Tip 2. Avoid caffeine late in the day.
Caffeine - contained in tea, cola, and chocolate, as well as in coffee - is a stimulant and can cause problems for people trying to fall asleep.

Tip 3. Watch your diet.
A heavy meal or spicy foods before bedtime can lead to nighttime discomfort, and fluids can require disruptive trips to the bathroom. A light snack, however, can prevent hunger pangs and help you sleep better.

Tip 4. Exercise regularly.
Regular exercise has been shown to improve sleep. Exercising in the morning or afternoon - at least three hours before bedtime, so you won't be too "revved-up" - may help you get a deeper, more restful sleep.

Tip 5. Create a relaxing bedtime routine.

  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Take a warm bath
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom at a comfortable level: extremes can disrupt your sleep
  • It also helps to minimize distractions, such as noisy clocks, bright lights, and uncomfortable clothing or bedding

Tip 6. Get out of bed if you're not sleeping.
If you don't fall asleep within 15-30 minutes, get up. Get back into bed when you feel sleepy.

Tip 7. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.

good night!


Jeana said...

so any tips on getting a good nights sleep with 3 kids in the house? I need all the help I can get. Can't wait to see you next week!

Happily Every After said...

Jenn- I just found your blog! I love it when I find my familys blog's so I can keep track of them :-) I'm so excited for your wedding...only one week away, congrats! Love ya! Kelli