Sleeping Problems

A sleep disorder is a condition that regularly affects your ability to get enough quality sleep. Not being able to have a good night’s sleep can be a frustrating, depressing and stressful experience and makes you feel lethargic throughout the day. Also, it can make you worry about not being able to sleep which itself stops you from sleeping.

Sometimes the short periods when you are awake (every couple of hours) can appear to be much more agonisingly longer than what they really are.

There are many everyday reasons for not sleeping well

Underlying reason
Try and ask yourself why you’re finding it difficult to sleep. If something is troubling you then can you really make it better by worrying about it all night? Of course you can’t. So try and write your worries down, and work out what you can do tomorrow to ease those worries. This will help you off load the burden of worries and make you feel so much more lighter.

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Some tips to help you sleep

Stick to your bed time routine

If you’ve had a bad night, don’t sleep in the next day – it will make it harder to get off to sleep the following night.

Exercise

Some light exercise like walking or swimming can help you relax. The best time to exercise is in the daytime – particularly late afternoon or early evening. Later than this can disturb your sleep.

Sleep in comfort

Make sure that your bed and bedroom are comfortable – not too hot, not too cold, not too noisy. Try and make your bedroom clean and pleasant. Being in comfortable, peaceful surroundings will help you relax more.

Be Gadget Free;

When you can’t sleep then the temptation is to go on your phone/tablet or laptop. The light on LCD screens have been proven to delay sleep. Instead, do something that is more relaxing. Try meditation or read a book!

Cut out the Caffeine

Caffeine stays in your body for many hours after your last drink of tea or coffee. Even fizzy drinks and some mints contain a lot of caffeine. Stop drinking tea or coffee by mid-afternoon. If you want a hot drink in the evening, try something milky or herbal.

Eat and drink sensibly

Don’t eat or drink too  late in the night. Try to have dinner early in the evening rather than late.

Stay away from pills

Don’t use slimming pills – many of these will keep you awake. Don’t use street drugs like ccstasy, cocaine and amphetamines – they are stimulants, and like caffeine, will tend to keep you awake.

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