If the Guinness Book of Records had a category for insomnia, I’m sure I would be their top contender. I used to sleep eight hours every night and didn’t even need an alarm clock to wake up. Now, I can feel like I am about to drop, but the minute my head hits the pillow I am wide awake again. After all that trouble dozing off, I often wake up in the wee hours of the morning and find it hard to go back to sleep.
Here are five helpful tips to get a better night’s sleep:
Limit Nap Time
If you feel so tired you must take a nap, do it in the early part of the day. A nap of 20 minutes or less should leave you refreshed, but you can get the same benefits from taking a brisk walk or drinking a glass of cold water.
Use Leg Pillow for Back Pain
An aching back can cause you to toss and turn all night, so put a pillow between your knees. This keeps your hips aligned, and takes the stress off your lower back. If you’re like me and sleep on your back, tuck a pillow under your knees.
Identify Hidden Sources of Caffeine
You probably already know that a big cup of coffee right before bedtime will keep you awake. Hidden sources of caffeine can be found in chocolate and your medications. Read the label or insert that comes with your medication, and ask your doctor what alternatives might work as well.
Nix a Bedtime Nightcap
You may have noticed that alcohol makes you sleepy at first, but once the relaxing effects wear off, you may wake up multiple times during the night.
Dim House Lights
Start lowering your lights two to three hours before bedtime. This signals your body that it is time to make melatonin, which helps you fall asleep.
What tips do you have for getting a good night’s sleep?