Struggling to sleep

struggling to sleepStruggling to sleep?

Struggling to sleep? Now that the nights are drawing in our thoughts turn more to cosying up indoors. Sleep seems to become more important during the winter months. However for many of us sleep does not always come that easily.

Do you have a problem sleeping? Do you struggle to sleep? Do you have issues falling asleep? You can nod off in the armchair but not once you are in bed. Or perhaps you fall asleep but wake up in the early hours and just can’t drop off again.

The technical term for not sleeping is insomnia and a person who cannot sleep is called an insomniac. Whatever the terminolgy lack of sleep can be debilitating and depressing. So what can you do when you are struggling to sleep, to improve your quality and quantity of sleep?

Here are some of my top tips for those struggling to sleep:

  • Set a regular bedtime
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine – this sends a powerful message to your brain that its time to wind down – this includes switching off technology!
  • If you wake up try to remain relaxed – aim to avoid stressing over the fact that you are awake
  • Keep a notebook by your bed and empty your mind into that so that you are not lying awake worrying
  • Try acupuncture – it helps to balance the body so it can be very helpful in reprogramming the body to either go to sleep or stay asleep