Sleepless nights – how can you defeat the scourge of modern times?

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Written by Vladimir Zivanovic

21st century men and women are pretty busy. We constantly have something to do unless we specifically decide to take a break, but even then we spend much time thinking about what we are going to be doing next. This constant activity requires a lot of energy, a rested body and most importantly, a refreshed mind. Sadly, a lot of us suffer from various sleeping disorders and wake up feeling groggy and tired. In the long run, tired awakenings and active days add up making it even harder to take care of our daily duties.

Not being able to be at your best when handling things can be very frustrating and stressful. We all know how this can affect body and mind, but the question is: “Are you going to allow this to happen over the lack of sleep?” Most people feel helpless when faced with a sleeping problem. However, this issue is far from being unsolvable as long as you are willing to make an effort.

Take the time to clear your mind

The brain of a modern human being receives a tremendous amount of information on a daily basis. This is especially true if you use the Web as an everyday tool for various tasks. Our ancestors were not faced with such an information oversupply. On the other hand, they spent time telling each other stories before bedtime. In order to get a good night sleep, it is probably not a good idea to be staring at your laptop or smartphone browsing the web just before going to bed. Not only are you stacking new information input, but you are also keeping your brain active. Let your brain have the time to relax and sort out everything that it was exposed to during the day. By using devices before you go to sleep, you are lowering your melatonin production levels as well, which makes sleep even more difficult.

Sleep at regular times

The body likes consistency since it can prepare for things in advance. I know it might be difficult to plan out when exactly you are going to go to bed, but it will help you sleep better and get a more restful night. It might be difficult to do this at first, but the body has the ability to adapt to new patterns. After a time, it is going to get used to going to bed at a particular time, and you are going to have an easier time sleeping. The same goes for waking up. There is nothing wrong with sleeping in once in a while, but make sure you keep your sleeping patterns consistent.

Catch some rays

Being exposed to natural sunlight is important for easier sleep. Take a walk during the day and take off your sunglasses. The same goes for your home and office space. Don’t hide behind the curtains, and make sure you get as much sunlight exposure as possible.

Keep your bedroom sleep friendly

You need to have as little distractions in your bedroom as possible. It would be best if you avoided associating the bedroom with anything but bedroom activities. This means no laptops, no TVs, no phones, just sleep and romance. Also, ensure there is as little light as possible, and that the environment is quiet so you can have an easier time falling asleep.

Bad habits for sleep

Your habits might be your biggest enemy. Avoid eating right before you go to sleep as digestion can make it more difficult to fall asleep. The same goes for drinking before going to bed, especially drinks like carbonated drinks and sodas, which contain a lot of sugar, and caffeine, as they are all stimulants and will make it harder for you to fall asleep. Alcohol should also be avoided as its diuretic effects might leave you dehydrated and more likely to wake up with a headache. Avoid drinking too much liquids altogether so you don’t spend your night going to the bathroom.

Snoring problems

Snoring problems are not just problems for your partner, they are also a problem for you. People who snore during the night have a problem with their airflow. There are procedures that you can take to resolve this, but if you don’t want to do that, you can opt for an anti snoring device to help you out. You can find many reviews online and pick out the best product depending on your needs.

Remain physically active

It’s simple, if your body doesn’t get enough physical exercise, it will have extra energy to spend, and this will affect your sleep negatively. You can go to the gym, run, take up a sport, or simply go for walk, but just make sure you are keeping active.

Having a good night’s sleep is crucial for your productivity, social life and a lot of other things. Keep this in mind when you are attempting to implement these changes into your lifestyle. Changes in anybody’s routine can be offsetting, but make sure to be consistent, as you will reap the benefits in due course.