Many of us experience trouble sleeping at one time or another. Usually it’s due to stress, travel, illness, or other temporary interruptions to your normal routine. But if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
What is a sleep disorder or sleep problem?
A sleep disorder is a condition that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality sleep. While it’s normal to occasionally experience difficulties sleeping, it’s not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleepy during the day.
Frequently having trouble sleeping can be a frustrating and debilitating experience. You sleep badly at night which leaves you feeling dead-tired in the morning and whatever energy you have quickly drains away throughout the day. But then, no matter how exhausted you feel at night, you still have trouble sleeping.
Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can damage your physical health and lead to weight gain, accidents, impaired job performance, memory problems, and put a strain on your relationships. If you want to feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, quality sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.Below are some Symptoms of Sleep Disorder
- feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
- have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading?
- fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
- have difficulty concentrating?
- often get told by others that you look tired?
- react slowly?
- have trouble controlling your emotions?
- feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
- require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?
Ways To Fall Asleep Faster Even If You’re Not Tired
Bring On The Black
Darkness sends all sorts of signals to our brain that it’s time to wind down. On the flip side, bright lights keep our brain switched on in wake mode.Consider buying a good quality eye mask. They are light, portable and will help you to melt into that soft, inky darkness where beautiful sleep is found!
Make sure your room is comfortable
Your room needs to be a perfect comfortable palace bedroom. Okay not quite, but make sure that things that are obviously going to stop you getting good sleep are removed from the room.
Exercise daily, but not within four hours of your bedtime.
Exercising is essential to a health lifestyle, but if you’re someone who struggles with a regular sleep habit exercising close to your bedtime could have a negative effect.
Don’t overthink things too much
Try not to stress out about anything at night. No matter what happens, you’re alive and you should be thankful of that. Drift into the world of dreams and deal with other things tomorrow.
Take a warm shower before bed
Wear socks to bed
Listen to music
Stay away from bright lights as bedtime approaches.
Translation: Stop looking at your phone! Power down as you get ready for bed.
Don’t use electronic devices in bed.
It will send your brain the wrong signals.
Dip your face in freezing water
Submerging your face in cold water triggers an involuntary response called the ‘mammalian dive reflex’ which will help you control your nerves and it relaxes you. It sort of resets your nervous system. Do this just before going to bed, and you’ll notice that your entire system just feels more relaxed!
Follow a Discipline
Go to bed same time everyday and wake up same time everyday.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco in the evening.
All three types of beverages can interrupt your sleeping habits.