How to Sleep When You Are Worried

 

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People try many things to fall asleep when worries weigh heavily upon their minds. Some people count sheep. Bing Crosby counted his blessings. But there are other things you can do, which are much more conducive to sleeping—even when you’re worried—than counting. If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night because the worries of the world are keeping you up, perhaps it’s time to try out these great tips.

Practice Yoga Before Calling it a Night

Yoga is a great way to relax and clear the mind so you can get a good night’s sleep. Not only does it serve as exercise, which is another great way to help you catch a few more winks at night, but it also relieves tension and wipes away the worry that’s been keeping you up at night.

Invest in a New Mattress

Choosing the best mattress for insomnia can make all the difference in the world when your goal is a good night’s sleep. Your mattress needs to be firm, or medium-firm at the very least, in order to provide adequate support for your body as you sleep. Also, consider mattresses that are cooling in nature. It’s much easier to sleep while cool than overheated. As cozy as flannel sheets and electric blankets may seem in winter, they can actually make it more difficult for you to fall or stay asleep.

Redecorate Your Bedroom

Did you know that certain colors make it easier to sleep at night while other colors will keep you up? Cool bedroom color ideas, such as blues, greens, and some shades of purple; are soothing colors that signal your brain that this is a cool and comfortable place to go to relax and go to sleep. Vivid shades of yellow, red, and orange; on the other hand, signal the brain that it’s time to wake up and be active. Decorate your bedroom according to its purpose. This is the room where you sleep. You want view visual distractions, low lights, and clean, uncluttered floor space.

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Create a Sleep Routine

Sleep routines are great because they are yet another signal to the brain that it’s time to prepare for sleep. You need a set routine of things you do each night before going to bed. A 30-minute routine works best as that provides plenty of different cues for your brain to notice and is not too complex to work into your schedule each and every day. The routine may include things such as a relaxing bath (or a short shower before bed), candlelight, yoga, reading, relaxing music, or listen to other soothing sounds to sleep to.

Get Up and Do Something

Dale Carnegie, famous self-improvement and corporate training lecturer, said if you cannot sleep because of worry don’t just lay there and keep worrying. Get up and do something else to take your mind off of your worries.

It’s nearly impossible to waste your thoughts with worrying when you’re doing these other things to prepare for a great night’s sleep. However, if you’re still having trouble, you can always turn to the old favorites and see how counting blessings or sheep works out for you.

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