It’s 3 A.M. and you’re wide awake … again. You’re not sure why – it could be the fact that you are generally stressed and overwhelmed, your mind is spinning on a work issue, or that you drank too much coffee today because you needed to be awake and couldn’t sleep last night either. Or, it could be that you’re obsessively worrying that you’ll never fall asleep. The reason doesn’t matter, but the fact is – you’ve tried everything to help you sleep and you still … Can’t … Sleep.
If any of this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from a sleep disorder, and 30 percent report suffering from some form of insomnia. This number is staggering, considering how important restful sleep is to strengthen your immune system, eliminate toxins, balance hormones, support mental stamina, and perform your best.
No matter the reason or the impact, if you’re not getting the rest you need, it may be time to reinvent your relationship with sleep.
There are lots of things you can do to promote restful sleep. A few ideas include:
- Consistent bedtimes
- Avoiding caffeine after noon
- A Yoga nidra practice before bed
- Herbal supplements like melatonin or Gaba root
But sometimes it feels like nothing works. No matter how hard you try, you still can’t sleep. And what’s worse is that the fact that you can’t sleep is the biggest source of stress in your life…
Instead of worrying about your sleeping woes (which will exacerbate the problem,) try incorporating mindful habits into your routine to make sure you’re getting the Zzzz’s you need. Follow these tips to find peace with your sleeping difficulties and get a plan for a healthy bedtime routine that will have you sweetly dreaming in no time.