Last year I put together a few well-researched articles on insomnia. Since I am a sufferer of it, I did that for myself as much as for our loyal fan base. After applying some of them, I’m pleased to say that some of those are good. That being said, I still suffer from it once in a while though. Anyways, here is another useful article with even more tips.
One: Avoid The Trio Of Terror
I came up with this one in my infinite wisdom. If George W. Bush can come up with the ‘axis of evil’, I can come up with my own trip of terror, namely Caffeine, Alcohol and Tobacco. Now, many people link only coffee with caffeine. Wrong! Do some research and you will find out that some teas and colas are also high in caffeine. So be aware of this. Same with alcohol and tobacco.
Two: Herbal Tea
After slamming some teas, I’m going to be fair and objective and say that other teas can help promote sleep. Some of these include chamomile, catnip, anise and fennel tea. Personally, I just stick with chamomile because it works for me. Go and find out which one works for you.
Three: Warm Milk
When you were a child, you might have had warm milk before going to bed. And this is for good reason too – because it is said to promote sleep. Funny how we forget these things as an adult. Anyway, give it a shot if you can. It will soothe your nervous system.
Four: Bedtime Snack
Yes, I haven’t forgotten that this is a health and fitness blog. That being said, you can have a good snack which helps promote sleep and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Foods with large amounts of the amino acid L-tryptophan can aid our sleep. These include eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, turkey and cashews.
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? But just like the previous point, I’m not saying this just because. Some research has shown that white-collar workers tend to have more insomnia than blue-collar workers. One theory is that the former might not get enough exercise. So if you fall in this category, start doing some exercise. Follow this blog and read some of our older articles to learn how.
Six: Avoid Naps If Possible
Ok, harsh point, but it has to be said. I remember taking many naps during the day and its effect on my sleep quality that night – it’s inversely proportional. Although we might not like to admit it, this actually makes sense. So try this.
Seven: Sleep on Your Back
But only if you can! I’m saying this because I’m a light sleeper who finds it hard to sleep on my back. Apparently, sleeping on your stomach causes pressure on all of your internal organs. This can also cause a stiff neck, which I do know about and can vouch for.
Eight: A Warm Bath Before Zzzzzz….
Many of us have heard of warm baths, but many of us underestimate how relaxing and soothing it can be. This point is pretty self-explanatory, so give it a go. A word of warning though – being too long in hot water can drain your body of vitality, so balance it out.
Here we go. I hope these eight tips are useful for you. As I have self-disclosed before, not all of them will work for everyone. I know that about half of them work for me personally. Anyways, if you want to speed up the process, check out the resources below.
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