Do you sit up at night not bothering to go to bed because you know you wonít sleep? Or, do you climb into bed and then toss and turn getting more and more frustrated because sleep wonít come? If so, donít despair because help is at hand.
Whether you are suffering from short-term, transient insomnia or longer-term chronic severe insomnia, curing insomnia is simpler than you might think.
Here are 7 simple steps that provide a natural cure for insomnia and that will set you on road to better sleep.
Step 1. Set yourself a bedtime routine.
Set a time for going to bed and for getting up in morning and stick to them. Experts agree that most of us need about seven or eight hours sleep a night, but this varies from person to person. Youíll know yourself whether you can manage comfortably on six hours a night, or perhaps need as long as nine hours. Whatever case, set your bedtime and wake up times accordingly and then keep strictly to them.
Step 2. Arrange your bedroom for sleep.
Your bedroom should only ever be used for sleeping (and for making love), so arrange it accordingly.
Set temperature at a comfortable, cool level (ideally between 65 and 70 degrees), and make sure that your bedroom is well ventilated. If possible, sleep with a window open or, if this isnít practical, ensure that air can circulate through room, perhaps by using a fan. Also, make your bedroom as dark as possible when itís time to sleep and avoid common mistake of leaving a light on in case you need to get up during night.
Step 3. Lower external stimulation.
Avoid doing anything that is likely to stimulate either your body or your mind in hour or two before bedtime. Donít do your daily workout during this time, or decorate spare bedroom.
Also, try to cut out television in run-up to bed. I know, this is not easy and you might even say ďitís impossibleĒ. If this is case, then donít give this particular pleasure up but try to be selective in what you watch and choose programs that are relaxing.
Step 4. Lower internal stimulation.
If youíre a tea or coffee drinker then try to cut these out of your evening routine. This also applies to other drinks that contain caffeine, or high levels of sugar, such as many colas and hot chocolate.
Also, avoid drinking alcohol. Although a drink before bed might well help you to get to sleep, it will certainly not help quality of sleep that you get.