Have Trouble Catching Your 'Zzzs'? This Is What Your Insomniac Self Needs
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Have Trouble Catching Your ‘Zzzs’? This Is What Your Insomniac Self Needs

With so many tabs open in our minds, plus the gazillion things we really need to sort out, it is little wonder the average adult human finds it a struggle to fall asleep at night.

I am all the way guilty. And unashamed too, because I am quite the nightcrawler. My day is not made unless I am up, doing devious things while everyone is catching ‘zzzs.’ Either this or the other reason is there are just so many concerns to keep my mind working overtime.

But whether I like it or not, this body has to come first – my responsibility to keep it in ship-shape.

Getting adequate sleep is self-care, babe – the drowsy, fatigued, sluggish behavior during the day is only just a pin size effect of lack of sleep.

According to the Mayo Clinic, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep at best. And Healthline says that there’s a possibility that sleep deprivation is linked to high risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, memory issues, weight gain, and more.

Oosh, my eyeballs popped when I first saw that. I have decided to make a commitment to intentionally prioritize my sleep – even as a nightcrawler that I am.

If you can’t sleep, how about you try these:

  1. Lay on your bed and count 1 to infinity. You won’t remember at what point you lose count.
  2. Play a serenading song. Turn the volume down low and close your eyes.
  3. Prep your room for bed. This means drawing curtains, dimming lights, switching off television sets.
  4. Take your bath. Some folks have a hard time falling asleep without first having had a night bath. Well, it makes a lot of sense too “the warmth from a hot bath can help you destress from a long day and bring on sleep,” says David Lortscher, MD, Board-certified dermatologist and founder of Curology. “Showering is also a good way to unwind and release muscle tension, which aids sleep,” says Dr. Janet K. Kennedy.
  5. If you are the type who can’t sleep without headphones and music in your ear, you can also switch things up by listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
  6. Sleep apps

Sleep apps come with a host of lullabies, meditations, bedtime sounds, and bedtime stories to help you drift. These apps below come highly recommended:

Pzizz

10 percent happier

Sleepiest

Links we like:

What Do You Want to Know About sleeping healthy? – Healthline

Sleeping: The foundation for healthy habits

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