Copyright 2005 Gobala Krishnan
You toss and turn in bed trying to sleep but get up feeling frustrated. When you finally do get some sleep, it is o?nly for a few hours because it is time to get up and go to work. Then, you go through day feeling groggy, depressed and extremely exhausted.
You try drinking cups and cups of coffee but instead of feeling awake, you feel even worse. A potentially disastrous headache starts drumming at corner or your head. The drumbeats get louder and more persistent by each passing minute. As a last resort, you let nature take its course. You fall flat in front of your computer screen and start snoozing.
So, I might have exaggerated a little with last sentence, but fact is, many people do not get proper amount of sleep they need everyday. As a direct result of this, they are not able to function optimally in their jobs, studies or even simple daily tasks.
There are many factors that can cause insomnia such as, stress, illness, a new sleeping environment and many more. Treatments can also vary depending o?n type of insomnia you are suffering from. However, there are some basic things that you can do to practice healthy sleeping habits.
1) Set a conducive sleep environment
Regardless of how absurd it may sound, it is crucial to set correct atmosphere in your bedroom. The most important rule is to remember that your bedroom is a place for you to sleep and rest. So, get rid of television, radio or anything that can distract you from sleeping. People tend to sleep better in rooms that are a little bit cooler rather than a little bit warmer. So, make sure your room is cool and aired. Switch off all lights, as it is easier for your brains to prepare your body to sleep in dark. Aside from making sure that your mattress and pillows are comfortable, you also have to change sheets often as cleanliness always promotes a pleasant environment.
2) Maintain a consistent sleeping and wake-up time
Everybody has a biological clock that records and keeps track of their sleeping pattern. Therefore, it is important to keep regular sleep hours, particularly wake-up time. According to your wake-up time, your body then tires at appropriate time enabling you to go to sleep. This also ensures that you will get proper amount of sleep you need before you wake up. In other words, when you establish a regular bedtime routine, your brain automatically send a signal to your body to unwind and to go to sleep and to wake up after getting enough hours of sleep.