If you’re reading this, chances are you relate to staring at the ceiling wondering when your “sleep train” is coming or perhaps it left the station without you.
There are a lot of things that keep us awake at night. Here are some of the usual suspects and a few tricks to combat them.
Stress and Anxiety.
Whether acute or chronic stress, some of my go-to bedtime rituals are: stretching before bed, guided meditations, and journaling. Writing down the thoughts in your head is a great way to clear out the negative thought loops.
Pain and Discomfort.
Whether it’s a headache, cramps, or that weird kink in your neck, it’s hard to fall asleep when you’re in pain. Sometimes a pain reliever like Advil or Tylenol will do the trick, but there are natural remedies too. A heating pad or even an ice pack can give you some relief so that you can fall asleep. Of course, if you are experiencing chronic pain, you will want to consult a medical professional.
It might be the neighbor’s dog barking or your partner’s snoring. Let’s face it: sometimes you need some peace and quiet to get some shut-eye. But, since we can’t always control our environment or our partner’s breathing habits, it might be time to invest in some earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
Caffeine and Technology.
These two culprits could absolutely be sabotaging your sleep. They might be your best friends during the day, but they’re your enemies when it comes to bedtime. Reducing your caffeine intake is ideal, and eliminating it after 2 pm might be a game changer.
But your phone, laptop, or iPad may be having a profound effect on your sleep too. That blue light is messing with your melatonin levels and tricking your brain into thinking it is still daytime. Try reading a book before bed rather than screen time.
If you need more help with managing stress and sleep, let’s talk. As a life coach, I can provide personalized strategies and support to help you tackle your sleep struggles and help you with the underlying stress too.
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