Can't Sleep: Strategies to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Can’t Sleep? The tossing, turning, glancing at the clock are all activities that someone who can’t sleep gets through the night. There are few things in life that cause more stress than many sleepless nights.

To be able to sleep better you need to become a sleep detective.

Have you been under a lot of stress lately?

Are you depressed?

Do you feel anxious and uptight much of the time?

Are you taking medications or have health problems that may keep you awake?

Do you go to sleep and wake up at the same time?

Do you have a regular bedtime routine?

These are all reasons why you can’t sleep.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, if you experience anxiety in addition to stress, you're three times more likely to develop insomnia or other sleep disturbances.

If sleepless nights go on for a prolonged period of time, it can affect every aspect of your life.

A lack of sleep can cause:

  • problems in your relationship,
  • problems on your job, and
  • problems with your health.

These problems can also cause more sleep difficulties, perpetuating the sleep deprivation and stress cycle!

While you may be tempted to try over-the-counter sleep medication, these come with their side-effects.

Here are some natural ways to get a better night's sleep.

Natural ways to get a better nights sleep

1. Develop a good sleep hygiene using natural sleep remedies. This may include

  • regular times for sleeping and waking,
  • avoding stimulating or stressful activities prior to bedtime,
  • limiting caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine consumption.

2. Use natural sleep aids such as valerian and other herbal remdies. These have been used for 1000's of years to help people get a better nights sleep.

3. Consider trying hypnosis as a means to prime your brain to sleep better. These downloads

4. Associate your bedroom with sleep rather than sleeplessness. To do this you want to

  • use your bed for sleep only,
  • move your clocks out of direct sight, and
  • get out of bed when you can't sleep.

5. Develop a relaxation strategy before bed. If you have trouble unwinding before going to bed then it is important to activate the relaxation response. This can be done through

But what is the connection between a lack of sleep and stress.

Can't sleep: What's the connection between stress and sleep

The underlying cause of why chronic stress and anxiety can cause sleeplessness can be understood through the role of stress hormones.

When the body experiences a threat, including stress from any source, the body prepares to either fight or flee, depending on the nature of the threat.

During this critical period, the body releases hormones like cortisol and corticotropic-releasing hormone.

In turn, these hormones can disrupt sleep, leaving you vulnerable to experience a night of sleeplessness and sleep disorders like insomnia.

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