How to Manage Your Sleep Better

Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Are you stressed out about something? Are you finding it hard to concentrate at work or school because of your lack of sleep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Millions of people deal with sleep problems.

Insomnia, or disturbed sleep, is a common reaction to a crisis. Since insomnia is not a life-threatening problem, it is often not taken seriously. However, if you’ve ever had sleeping problems you know that there are negative consequences to not getting enough sleep. To help overcome insomnia, try the following suggestions:

  • Use relaxation techniques to relax your body.
  • Reduce your negative thoughts and worries. Allow your mind to relax.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, especially in the evening.
  • Avoid heavy meals just before bedtime.
  • Have a set time that you go to bed each night.
  • Manage your stress better.
  • Keep a notepad next to your bed and write any thoughts you may be having at the time that are affecting your sleep.
  • Seek medical advice if these suggestions don’t work.
  • Discuss your concerns with a mental health professional.

Some information adapted from Surviving Coping With A Life Crisis by Dr. Bob Montgomery and Dr. Laurel Morris