In this busy world, sleeping problems have become a common phenomenon. According to studies done at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million struggle with insomnia or sleeping problems. A lack of sleep is directly connected to a person’s ability to be productive throughout the day. Sleep is important because it allows a person’s body and brain to restore and repair itself.
If you struggle with sleeping problems, there are five activities you can try to help eliminate the issue altogether.
1.Develop a positive thinking to overcome sleeping problems
Maybe you can't stop thinking about the worries of the day. Instead of turning out the lights and worrying, try positive thinking. Banish negative self-talk. Stop beating yourself up over your perceived mistakes and focus on ways you can move forward. Thinking positive before going to sleep is a good start to sleeping well at night.One way to change your thinking patterns to positive is by using ThinkUp app
It is difficult to relax until changing your mindset. One way to reprogram the mind for positivity is by using the ThinkUp app. ThinkUp helps you change your thoughts from negative to positive. ThinkUp has inspiring and personalized affirmations built in, or you can add your own. Listen to your affirmations nightly before bed to get your sleep off to the right start.
2.Catch your breath
You’d be surprised how much you can hold in all because you don’t consciously breathe in and out. When subconsciously holding the breath, your body tenses up and it puts you in a negative space. Try to release the breath and allow fresh air to come in. Don’t forget to take deep breaths.Breathing exercises are a recommended way to relax anywhere, anytime, including bedtime. One way to breathe is to breathe in through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7 and release your breath from your mouth for a count of 8.Without a break, breathe in again for a count of 4, repeating the entire technique 7 times in a row, then resume normal breathing and activity.
3.Laugh it out
Laughter truly is medicine for the soul. Even if you're not in the mood to laugh, try watching funny movies before bedtime. Watching an old favorite movie with good memories can be like spending time with old friends. You can try a new flick to enjoy some new laughs. Either way, funny movies can cheer you up and help you forget the worries of the day. This will lighten your mood and help you release your stress.
4.Start a bedtime routine
If you normally take a shower in the morning, try making it part of your bedtime routine instead. After you take a hot shower, put on some relaxing music and clean, comfortable nightclothes. A consistent routine lets the body know that it is time for bed. Some people even listen to relaxing music to help them ease into a peaceful night's sleep.
Many people use meditation to help form a clear, quiet mind. Take 15 minutes in the morning and/ or at night to be still and to quiet your mind. Practicing meditation will get you in a better and more consistent habit of focusing.
Quieting the mind helps you in the practice of being still. A lot of times, the mind is filled with the stress of the day. Instead of holding a bunch of chaos in your mind, it's better to let go of it. You don't need to be in a dark room to quiet your mind either. This is something that can be done anywhere with intentionality and practice.
There are many useful apps like headspace, calm or Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s meditations which I found very relaxing and useful for quieting the mind.