If your relationship status with your sleep is “Complicated” then this post for you. There are some who switch off the lights get into their beds and bam the next thing you know is, “Snoring”. Lucky them. But there are millions out there who find it hard to fall asleep at night, they don’t sleep well, no matter what they do they feel trouble sleeping at night and stay restless throughout the day. Just so you know what we’re here dealing with.Check out the symptoms of insomnia and see if it’s you I am talking about.
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Symptoms of Insomnia
- If you find difficulty falling asleep at night or disturbed sleep
- Feels sluggish throughout the day
- You wake up too early
- Never gets sound sleep
- Mood swings, irritation and sometimes depression
- Make mistakes
- Can’t focus on tasks or forget things
- Increased errors or accidents
- You feel worried about sleep
Just checking if you’re a true Insomniac.
If you feel the same then honey you’re facing sleep disorder. And you better do something about it.
There is no doubt about that we’re living in the sleep deprivation crisis. And, there is no better time for me to become your “Sleep Evangelist“. If you’re a regular reader you know how much I lay emphasis on sleep for overall health & fitness.
The reason why I am writing this post is because I have been through years of insomnia and sleep disorders. I have tried everything under the sun to sleep well.
Before going further down this road I would like to share my experience to give you a better perspective. It’s not only you. There is a large percentage of people like you and me who are suffering from sleep disorders.
My experience of Insomnia
I never shared with you all but yes I have been a Ms. Insomniac for years.
I have been through a lot of sleep disorders. As a result, I developed severe hormonal problems, eating disorders and behavioral issues. There were series of events that pulled me into sleep disorder. In my case, stress was the main reason. I use to overthink everything. I never realize that this series of thought pattern would leave me empty and lost in life. The time I realize it was too late and I had come so far that I couldn’t even address it to others around me. It took me a long time to get to the place where I am today.
For those four people who don’t know that stress leads to raising our cortisol ( stress hormone) that leads to weight gain, hormonal imbalance, water retention, depression, diabetes type 2 etc.
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Back then, I was working full-time, stressed full time and with little to no sleep I use to go to work and again the same pattern use to repeat every night and that went on for years.
After a day or two, I use to get one or two day sleep and again the monster use to come back. I really had a hard time sleeping well.
I remember I use to say this to myself, I haven’t slept for ages as I was feeling this from every fiber of my being.
But I changed my life and my focus. I started to love myself first, adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle that supported me and redirected my life.
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We are living in the sleep deprivation crisis says Arianna Huffington, the co-founder, and editor of Huffington Post. Her book is a must read, The Sleep Revolution. When I listened to her interviews about her book and what made her took a stand over it. I resonate with her although our reasons were different but it was affecting us in the same way.
If you really want to take control of your life again then you must come to terms with your sleep. Your life, work, relationships yes I am talking about everything that makes sense to you. You have to work on your relationship with your sleep.
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When you don’t sleep enough it shows on your face, your relationships, career performance, and overall life. It gets dull and lifeless. And there is no magic pill for it to replace. To get the sleep you must sleep as simple as that. No, I don’t advocate sleeping with pills. I am talking about a peaceful sleep that gives you the fountain of energy and freshness that spreads like magic in all facets of your life.
Insomnia is not a good state to be in. If you think it’s cool to stay up at night and being fancy about it. Trust me folks it’s the worst you can do to yourself in the long run. There is a time for everything. You’re a hard working chap or chick, good for you just make sure you don’t go less on sleep and more on work as it will show up in your work and life, come what may.
There are like gazillions of mindfulness stuff written on the internet every second with tips and tricks to get you sleep. I am sharing what worked for me truly. And one more thing you might find these points helpful to some extent but you have to figure out what calms you down completely, “Your Thing” you know I hope you know what I mean by that.
6 Ways to Beat Insomnia and Sleep Well
1. Read Before Sleep
The best way to beat insomnia is to “read before sleep” ( for me at least). It works for me reading hard copy giving human touch and read something think something good before you finally sleep. You can choose what ticks you romance, mystery, travel it could be any genre that pleases you.
If you’re not a reading person then you can “write” if that pleases you. Just like a diary, you can write about your day, what made you feel good, and your experience just penned it down. You”ll feel good.
2. Take a Soothing Bath /Shower
This works best for almost everyone. We all want to feel relaxed and let me tell you there is nothing like a soothing bath before sleeping or couple of hours before sleeping.
You can use “Epsom Salt” in your bathing place scented candles around to set the tone. It’s more or less like to prep for sleep. Just like we do with our kids. We get them comfy in their PJ’s, then we cuddle them, kiss them, tell them stories, wave hands in their hair and they sleep peacefully. Just like that, we need to parent ourselves. Well if you have a partner then nothing like it. You both can help each other and it will strengthen your bond as well.
3. Sleep in a Dark Bedroom
This might be real hard but you have to escort out all your gadgets out of your room. The place where you sleep is only meant for sleep. It should be dark, cozy and noise free.
The life we’re living in is the age of un-innocence and digital savvy environment where we literally live on our phones.
For a deep and sound sleep, we need to get rid of all man-made gadgets. It’s what it is. Do it and feel the world of difference in your sleep.
4. Write a Gratitude Journal before You Sleep
It works like a magic! If you think clearly about the day you had at night also your mind keep over processing what went wrong or consequences. But when we write about our day and what are we grateful for, we changed our perspective and focus on positive. And, doing so give our mind no reason to over think about anything. If that makes sense to you. It does to me as I think a lot and writing is not only what I do but it’s therapeutic for me.
Meditation is not for everyone but those who can try, as it really helps us in so many ways. A lot has been said and done about it. I leave it to you. If you think you should give your life a shot, give it, step into meditation for once. Meditation calms our mind and treats insomnia and sleep disorders and help you sleep well.
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I think this should be first on my list but anyways all points are worth a shot. I believe what keeps us awake is our fear, unfulfilled desires, unanswered questions, events and circumstances that leave us clueless and helpless.
First thing is we can’t control anything in our lives right from our birth to breaths we take. So, what do we fuss about? Second, we must forgive ourselves and others for what they have done to us. Close all the chapters and move forward. I know it’s easier said than done. But trust me it gives nothing and leaves nothing for you. So it’s better to let go that serves you no good. Take a leap of faith in the higher power and move out.
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Try it out. If you are not in good terms with someone you loved or lost then leave them a message, call, letter, voice note, tweet, video and let your words out to that person and leave the rest. Trust me you’ll sleep like a baby that day. And, if you do this over and over and unburden your mind then insomnia or sleep disorder will vanish out just like that. You just have to trust in your power.
It really works. And if someone is out of reach then just say your message out loud and think and it is reaching to that person. Always stand in your truth.
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6. Ask for Help
If you think insomnia or sleep disorder is more than sleeplessness and breeding in day by day then it’s time to seek professional help. And, there is nothing wrong in that. You’re smart if you know when you should ask for help. Be humble enough and seek out professionals.
Life is beautiful we make it complicated. It’s your time to untangle. It’s more of inner work that you need to do and get the mind in a state to receive all the love you deserve.
Insomnia or sleep disorders are not treated in one day with a magic pill. It takes time and we should give it the sweet time. We all need someone to talk and share our concerns. It’s great if you have someone around to whom you can talk or someone who understand you. But if you don’t have one, you have me. Yes, write to me and talk it out. I know how it feels. I am writing this for you. You’re not alone, okay. We can pull it off together. I had none and I suffered a lot and even when I had someone around I didn’t bother them. That was my bad. If you need a friend I am here always. Do write in.