On Being an Anxious Sleeper: How I’m Trying to Sleep Better

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I’ve been a terrible sleeper for as long as I can remember. Falling asleep is rarely an issue, it’s usually quite instant for me. It’s staying asleep that’s the problem. I tend to wake at all hours of the night, struggling to get comfortable with an ever racing mind. I’m at war with myself, cursing myself for being awake, which never helps. Then daybreak comes and I never feel close to rested.

I don’t know if it’s just how I am or if there are some changes that I need to make, but I’m going to try the latter in the hope of getting some functional sleep in the near future. I’ve been doing some research on Reddit (my answer to everything – it’s a goldmine of information) and I’ve come across some methods to try out. I’m listing them in today’s post in the hope that they can potentially help anyone else that struggles with sleep too.

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Exercise

A major one. As obvious as this may be, I’m saying it anyway: I’m not the biggest fan of working out. I’m incredibly unfit and give up with my feeble attempts far too quickly. I did notice that I slept soundly in Italy when I was walking an average of 20,000 steps per day. I really don’t think that’s a coincidence. Some of my team mates at work are currently considering joining the gym and asked if I was interested. There’s evidence to show that exercising during the day helps with the midday energy slump, so it can only be a benefit really. (That’s if I actually go…)

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Magnesium Supplements

I’m not a mineral expert, but magnesium supplements are something that have cropped up a lot during my research. Apparently its function is to quiet the nervous system, and it activates the neurotransmitters that calm the mind and body in order to help you sleep better. I already take a vegan multivitamin supplement as well as Biotin, so adding one more to the list can’t hurt, right? I’m tempted to add B vitamins specifically too, as I could do with a lot more energy throughout the day due to the terrible sleep habits. A vicious cycle, right?

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Having a Sleep-Friendly Bedroom

I think this one is going to prove to be the toughest of all. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge! The point of this is to make your bedroom a sleep-friendly place: and just that. If you get into a habit of working from bed, that mentality becomes embedded and poof, bye bye sleep. I’m also the worst for having my laptop/phone in bed at all hours of the night, so that’s a habit that I’ll need to nip in the bud ASAP. The common motto online is that your bed is for sleep, sex and nothing more. Anything else can be done from a number of other locations, so reducing your bed to its primary functions will hopefully induce better sleep habits. One can hope, right?

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Do you have any tips or recommendations for getting a better night’s sleep?

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1 Comment

  1. July 24, 2018 / 1:35 PM

    oh sister, SAME! staying asleep is my major problem too, has been for years.. some things that have worked for me is ditching the clock – don’t look at it. don’t count hours, EVER. lavender oil helps me calm down, I put some drops on my pillow if needed. also a pen and notepad to write down all the paranoid thoughts so I can let them go – for me it’s mostly work-related. or finances. all the fun stuff ^^ bonus tipp: I get super hot in summer, so I just keep a hot-water-bottle with cold water close by. if I put it between my thighs, I cool down in an instant!

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