Can't Sleep? This is For You
I've already discussed how challenging of the year 2018 has been for me. Physically it hasn't been the worst, but mentally it's really taken a toll on me. Between trying to beat this funk/depression I've been battling, and now my new found enemy, insomnia.
I have an off and on battle with insomnia. It's like one minute I'll be so exhausted and fatigued, I'll literally fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed. Then the next minute, I'm up all night doing random things online or listening to music until the next morning. It's a new battle for me. Before this year I was always able to sleep. I was a sleeping pro, to be honest. I was almost too good at it. It became bothersome to me. I wish I could find a happy medium somewhere between being exhausted and sleeping all day, and not sleeping at all, but that's just my luck.
I know what some of you may be thinking, "well, why doesn't she just talk to her doctor about it?" You're right. And I have. I've been prescribed medication for sleeping, but I don't always love that either. The problem I find with taking sleeping pills is simple: You can't tell it when to stop. I took my prescribed medication one night and was left drowsy and yawning for days! I don't like that feeling. As much as I love to sleep, I also love being productive. Being drowsy all day doesn't help me get work done and it also doesn't help my depression. It actually makes it a bit worse.
3 things that have helped
If you're like me and you've had trouble sleeping, I ask you to consider trying these 3 things. It's helped a ton.
I know, I know. You may think this is corny, but even medical professionals say it too. Don't look at your screen. Laptops, phones, TV, etc. Unplug yourself. I find it best to unplug at least thirty minutes before bedtime. It gives my mind time to rest.
This is a personal preference, but it really does help. Turning off every light is essential for me at night. I can't stand to see even a tiny bit of light peaking through. Darkness allows me to drift off faster and puts my body and mind at peace.
One of my friends actually recommended this to me a long time ago. I never had trouble sleeping until now so I didn't try it. Nature sounds are amazing. I don't mean go turning on the TV, but if you can play it through a speaker somewhere across the room. I personally prefer sounds of the ocean and waves over birds and other animals, but it's all about personal preference. When I turn on nature sounds at night I often fall asleep so fast, I wake up not even realizing I had drifted off!
If you give these 3 tips a try, let me know in the comments below. It's really been a quick and easy process that's helped a ton with my insomnia at night.
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