Although I am most creative at nighttime, I’m finding my Insomnia a little tiresome at the moment (pun not intended).
Recently, it’s been pretty bad. It used to be that I would fall asleep at around 2am. Now I’m closer to 4/5am with early starts of 7am on some days. This routine will repeat for days with me running on no sleep until I “catch up” at the weekend (which actually makes things worse but I need the sleep).
There are many reasons that I suffer from Insomnia and it’s been going on for a long, long time. Sometimes it’s worse than others but again I’m at the point where it affects my day-to-day life (especially with University and my Songwriting).
So, how can I aid my situation?
Well, I have a couple of saving graces that I use (that I haven’t been lately…whoops!) so I thought I’d share them with you and my sleepless brethren!
Now, they’re not cures (if they were I wouldn’t be in this position, haha) but they help me
when I really need some sleep.
- Exercise– Now I rarely exercise but it is a BIG help. A good workout during the day = A good sleep in the evening. Make sure to do it at least 4 hours before bedtime.
(My exercise regime starts tomorrow so we’ll see if this still helps!)
- Crying- May sound silly but what are the two main things babies like to do?
Cry and sleep. They sleep like logs from all that crying they do and I’m the same!
If you’re not the emotional type then don’t worry, just stick on Hachi:A Dog’s Tale
and see how you feel after that!
- Daylight– Now this is a strange one but it’s something that’s really helped me sleep. Just sitting out in the sun (or out of the house) for a while really helps me sleep at night. You can read a little bit about it here, but personally I found just being outdoors helped (I live in a flat and spend most of my time inside).
- Warm Milk– Well, soya milk in my case, but still a goody! Chamomile tea also helps some people.
- Toast/A Light Snack– What’s not to love about this one? (Except maybe the carbs in the toast..)
- Try Watching Old 80’s/90’s Movies- The key to this is that I’ve seen them before, so I’m not subconsciously anxious of the plot or what’s going to happen next (an experience that your subconscious will carry to bed and keep you awake with). Obviously avoid action films and to be honest, the crapper the film, the better!
- No Caffeine– Caffeine can stay in your bloodstream for up to 12 hours! There are also small amounts of it in chocolate and decaf tea/coffee, so be wary. You may have to go tired for a day with this one, but if it results in sleep then maybe it’s worth it.
- Earplugs– I am an incredible light sleeper and with a boyfriend that snores, these are a big help! I think if you live in the city this could be helpful as they allow you to switch off from all the hustle and bustle outside.
- Blackout Blinds/Curtains – Just like how I can’t stand any sound, i can’t stand any light either! It needs to be as black as Satan’s heart in my bedroom!
Now that’s all I can think of right now but you can view a few other suggestions here. Please remember that the ones above are personally what’s worked for me, but you may find something completely different for you! Personally, I’m hoping that my Hypnotherapy and Counselling will permanently solve this issue, but were gonna have to wait and see on that front!
However in the mean time, let me know what you think!
What helps you sleep? Has this post helped you at all?
I want to know!
Until Next Time!