Sorted! The Real Reason You Can’t Sleep

Why You Cannot Sleep

Here are eight all-day strategies to help you sleep well.

AVOID SLEEP THIEVES

Avoid overindulgence in substances that can interfere with your sleep. This includes caffeine – found in coffee, tea and chocolate – nicotine and alcohol.

TAKE SOME TIME TO UNWIND

Before going to bed, make sure you take some time out to unwind from the stresses of the day. You could try reading, listening to music or using aromatherapy oils in the bath to help you unwind and relax after a long day.

MAKE IT A HABIT

Get into the habit of going to bed at a regular time each night and getting up at the same time each morning.

SET THE SCENE

Make sure your bed is comfortable, and that your bedroom is dark and quiet.

COMFORT IS KEY

Keep the room at a temperature of 18 to 24°C  (64 to 75 F) – ideally, it should be a warm environment.

LAVENDER TO HELP YOU SLEEP

Add a few drops of relaxing lavender essential oil to a tissue and place it near or under your pillow.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE NOT SLEEPY

If you can’t get to sleep within 15-20 minutes, you should get out of bed, leave the bedroom and something quiet and not at all stimulating – read a book, watch television or listen to soothing music. Do this until you feel sleep again.

WRITE IT DOWN

If you find yourself worrying about something, write it down in a notebook and try going back to bed. Tell yourself that you will deal with it tomorrow once you’re well rested.


Belinda Crestani is a meditation teacher, holistic counsellor and the creator of healthy living website, YouthfulHabits.com. Follow Belinda’s journey on Instagram: @youthfulhabits!

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