Whether you wake up multiple times a night, can't get to sleep or can't seem to get back to sleep once you wake up, we have the tips to make sure you're well rested.
It’s late, you look at the clock, you’re still not asleep or even feeling tired. What gives? If you find that going to bed at night feels like a chore because you know it’ll feel like hours of lying awake, it’s time for a sleep-related intervention. Think about how your before-bed routine might be making it difficult for you to fall asleep. Some pre-sleep don’ts can include the following:
If you are worried about something — whether it's an ongoing issue or a big event that has you stressed — you may find yourself lying awake, unable to stop thinking for long enough to fall asleep. If that’s the case, take some time before bed to write out your concerns — and then crumple up the page and toss it. The act of writing out worries can keep them from creeping into your thoughts when you’re trying to sleep. Alternatively, do something relaxing before bed to help keep stress at bay — take a hot bath, meditate for five to 10 minutes or go for a leisurely walk around the block to help calm your mind.
Despite falling asleep at a decent hour you still wake up feeling sluggish and in need of multiple cups of coffee to feel even remotely ready to face the day. This type of sleep issue can be particularly frustrating, since you did technically get your ZZZs, just not in a way that lets you feel awake when you need to. A "no-sleep" sleep can be often be caused by having the wrong pillow or a mattress that hinders how well you actually sleep. Think about investing in new sleep gear if your pillows and mattress have seen better days. Keeping your bedroom conducive to restful sleep — no light coming in, comfortable temperature, quiet environment — is also important if you want to feel rested when you get up.
You’re one of those lucky people who can fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow and you’re happily out for what you hope is the whole night — but then you wake up and struggle to get back to sleep. Or worse, don’t get back to sleep at all. There are a few issues that could be behind the waking up and not getting back to sleep.
If sleep issues persist, it’s best to see your doctor to dig deeper into why you’re having a tough time.
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