Not getting enough sleep? Then let me teach you how to sleep better. After previously living with chronic insomnia for nearly twenty five years, I've learned a thing or two about ways to help you sleep better and overcome insomnia.
I first started sleeping poorly when I was only 13 years old. My home life was very stressful and I had developed anxiety and a lot of fear and negative beliefs. I continued to live with insomnia until I was in my mid-thirties, many nights getting absolutely no sleep at all.
So I totally understand the torture of sleep deprivation and the desperation of wanting to learn how to sleep better. Being constantly exhausted ruins your enjoyment of life.
When I first began to have sleep difficulties, I thought the best thing
to do was to go to bed earlier. So I began getting into bed at 7.30 pm,
and wondering why the heck I was tossing and turning in frustration for
three or four hours before I finally fell asleep.
So that made me worry even more about lack of sleep, but of course I wasn't going to get to sleep at that time - it was still daylight outside and I wasn't 3 years old!
Then when I began lying awake to all hours of the morning, I resorted to sleeping pills - as a teenager! I can't believe now that the doctor even gave them to me - it's the old adage of cover up the symptoms rather than addressing the cause of the problem.
Then I became dependent on the sleeping pills to ever get a decent sleep, which I can recommend is not a good idea.
During my years of insomnia I learned many things about how to sleep better, and now I want to share this information with you. I have been sleeping really well for many years now, so let me tell you about the various ways I helped myself to overcome chronic insomnia.
One of the best ways to help you sleep is to stop caring about how much sleep you've had.
Hands up those who watch the clock all night and then in the morning try and calculate the total amount of sleep you've had in hours?
I was once guilty of this myself. Every morning I would estimate what time I fell asleep, look at the clock every time I woke, then estimate how long it took me to fall asleep again, and then work out how many hours I was actually asleep. Very bad idea!
When I stopped caring about the total time I had slept, it was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
And my sleep improved!
It's vital that you resist the urge to keep looking at the clock to check the time. In fact, the best thing to do is to move your clock to where you can no longer see it easily.
Watching the clock does nothing more than add to your stress about how long you've been awake, which makes it even harder to fall asleep. This one also ties in with number 1 above - stop watching the clock because you don't care how long you've been awake or asleep.
And if you wake up in the night, you're more likely to go back to sleep if you don't know what time it is.
It's a scientific fact that an adequate amount of sunlight needs to enter our eyes in order to keep our natural sleep systems functioning properly.
Go to my page about Sunlight - The Best Treatment For Insomnia to learn why you may be causing your sleep system to malfunction, without even realising it.
Meditation has been a great healer in my life, and that includes healing my insomnia.
An improvement in sleeping patterns is just one of the many benefits of meditation. And this has certainly been the case for me. Although it didn't come easy.
I must confess that when I first began meditating, my insomnia got worse, not better. And it did take a long time before I saw a significant improvement in my sleep pattern. You can read about my personal meditation experiences here.
But regular meditation did eventually help to heal my sleep problems, by releasing and healing the emotional turmoil that had been hiding deep within me for years.
To learn more about meditation and how it can help you, please visit my pages on meditation for beginners to get started.
Flower essences are an energy healing modality that offer a very safe and natural alternative for healing insomnia. They gently re-balance the body's energy system, allowing true healing to occur at a very deep level.
To learn more about how flower essences can help your sleeplessness, please visit my page Flower Essences for Insomnia.
Have you heard of the tissue salts? Not many people have. But they are a low-cost, very safe and effective way to balance your cell metabolism and address sleep disturbances in a gentle way.
Head over to may page at Natural Sleep Remedies to learn more about how the wonderful tissue salts can have you sleeping more soundly without any side effects.
Acupressure is a simple and gentle technique you can do with your own hands. It encourages healing by releasing blockages and assisting the life force to flow efficiently around the body.
There are several great acupressure points you can use yourself to help improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Click here to learn how to sleep better with Acupressure for Insomnia.