If you’ve got something on your mind getting to sleep can be a challenge and it doesn’t just mean waking up in the morning feeling groggy. Poor sleeping patterns can have a big impact on both your physical and mental health. But tackling sleeping problems, whether it’s just the occasional bad night’s sleep you’re having or a potential sleep disorder, can be quite a challenge.
When sleeping is a problem for you, these seven tips can help you improve your sleeping patterns.
- Set regular sleeping hours – Getting into a set routine is one of the easiest ways to improve your sleeping habits. Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day can help to create a pattern that your body will appreciate.
- Create a relaxing environment – From noise levels to the comfort of your bed, your bedroom should be as restful and relaxing as possible. Considering areas such as temperature and lighting can have a big impact on the quality of sleep you have.
- Exercise – If you’ve been feeling tense or have worries on your mind that are preventing you from sleeping, exercise can help. It doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym, a simple walk can be just as effective at helping you to relieve the tension that’s been building up throughout the day.
- Cut back on caffeine – We all know that caffeine can affect sleeping but you’ll be surprised by how many people don’t realise it’s what’s causing their sleeping issue. If you’re drinking tea, coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeine products in the evening, try cutting back or setting a time that you won’t reach for them after.
- Speak to a therapist – Some sleeping problems are related to disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless legs syndrome, and effective therapy can help you overcome them. Lifestyle changes, medication, and other forms of therapy delivered by a professional can get to the root of the problem and enable you to have a better night’s sleep.
- Relax – It might be easier said than done but relaxing before you go to bed can hugely improve how quickly you drop off. Find something that helps you relax, whether it’s listening to some calming music or soaking in the bath, and build it into your routine.
- Give up smoking – If you’re a smoker, giving up can have a positive effect on your sleep. Nicotine is a stimulant and can make it harder for your mind to switch off and result in sleep that is restless.
Who can I speak to further about improving my sleep patterns?
For help with improving your sleep patterns please speak to one of our therapists here at Private Therapy Clinic.