Insomnia is a sleep disorder that has become so rampant and it affects millions of people globally. Individuals with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep
The effects of lack of sleep can be devastating and it has been linked to different illness. This explains why there is need to look for ways to defeat this condition.
- Healthy Living
Eating balanced healthy meals and engaging in regular exercises make it easier for you to fall asleep. Also, when you consume lots of salt and sugar it affects the body metabolism and makes sleeping harder.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable
It is easier to fall asleep once you feel comfortable on a bed. Therefore, ensure your bed is not too hard or soft because it can hinder you from sleeping.
- Cut down on caffeine
Cut down your intake of coffee, energy drinks especially during the evening time. This is because caffeine interferes with the process of falling asleep, and also prevents deep sleep. Instead, have a warm, milky drink or herbal tea.
- Don’t smoke
Smokers take longer to fall asleep, they wake up more frequently, and they often have a more disrupted sleep.
- Do not eat or drink right before going to bed.
Eating a late dinner or snacking before going to bed can trigger the digestive system and this will prevent you from sleeping. If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or heartburn, it is even more important to avoid eating and drinking right before bed since this can make your symptoms worse.
Also, drinking a lot of fluids prior to bed can overwhelm the bladder, requiring frequent visits to the bathroom that disturb your sleep.
- Try to relax before going to bed
To help defeat insomnia, you should try to relax before going to bed by having a warm bath, listening to quiet music and if you can, do some gentle yoga to relax the mind and body.
Written by: Temitope Ikusika