Temporary insomnia is a condition in which affects a person’s ability to sleep from a period of a night to a few weeks. This condition can be recurring episodes or one single one spanning over a long period of time. While there is no traditional method for diagnosing insomnia and plenty of factors as to how it can be triggered there are methods for which you can prevent this from happening to you. Below are a few suggestions that can help you to decrease your chances of developing insomnia or to overcome it once it happens.
Remove Distractions from the Bedroom
It can be really easy to fall asleep on a couch, and then when you get up to sleep in your room there are so many distractions that you end up not being able to get back to sleep. Make sure that your room is free from clutter and unnecessary distractions such as the television being on. Also make sure that you have a good mattress to sleep on as a bad one could leave you with musculoskeletal problems which cause more sleeping disturbances.
Limit Caffeine Consumption
Yes, the days can drag on and on and it may seem like you need just a shot of coffee to make it through the rest of the day. However, your caffeine intake could be the very thing that is keeping you up at night. To prevent insomnia, it is best that you limit the amount of coffee and caffeine filled products that you drink particularly during the latter half of the day.
Create a Wind Down Ritual
Sometimes our adrenaline is so pumped up that it is difficult to calm down right before bed. One method for preventing insomnia would be to create a wind down ritual. This might include things such as turning off the television, taking a nice warm shower, drinking a cup of warm milk, and finally reading a book before you head off to bed. Keep the activities really low key before bed to relax both the mind and the body.
Stick to Small Meals
Having dinner even an hour before bed could keep you up for a better part of the night. In order to prevent insomnia it is imperative that you have a meal schedule that stops about three hours before you’re scheduled to go to bed. Eating smaller portions and lighter food choices can also make a difference in how you sleep at night.
Believe it or not exercising just thirty minutes each day can give you the energy you need to make it through a work day while still allowing you to easily fall asleep at night. Get into the habit of exercising whether it’s in the morning or a few hours before bed to burn off some of that steam.
Unfortunately, since there are so many different reasons why insomnia starts in the first place there is no “cure all” solution out there. Consider trying a few of these solutions to preventing the condition by adapting them in your life. If after a few days your episodes don’t stop then you should probably reach out to your doctor for advice.