Helping You Get That Good Nights Sleep You So Desperately Need
If sleep trouble is one of the many symptoms that you may experience due to your mental health, then here are a few quick fixes to get you some better z’s. Also, this isn’t a pill pushing post, because there are so many over the counter sleep aids, that I generally recommend avoiding them if possible.
Blue light filter
If you, like most, like to wind down with an electronic device; then you should know that it may actually be keeping you awake! A certain wavelength of blue light triggers your brain to release less of your sleep hormones (see the full article at the bottom)To combat this issue, most devices now have a night mode that will tint your screen slightly yellow, and diminish the brightness. This cancels out most of the blue light caused by your favorite electronics. If your devices do not have this feature built in, there are many apps that are designed to eliminate blue light. There are even special glasses that do the same thing. So now you can binge that new show right before bedtime and not worry about being wired and unable to sleep!
Meditation & Hypnosis
You’re not trying to reach enlightenment, or cluck like a chicken before falling asleep; but I won’t judge your hobbies if you are. However, there are some subsets of meditation and hypnosis that are specific to relaxing the mind and body and promoting sleep. There are tons of online videos, and apps to choose from, so find which ones you like best. My personal favorite are called Binaural Beats, I recommend some headphones if you’re going to give them a try.
Forcing your brain
This one sounds a little strange, and difficult; but it’s really quite simple. Just think the word sleep, over and over in your head. It should calm those racing thoughts and get you focused on the one thing you need, a good nights sleep.
I said I wasn’t going to push the pills, but this one I highly recommend. It’s the chemical naturally made in your brain to promote feeling tired, and the desire to sleep. That said, it won’t put you to sleep, it will only help you fall asleep easier. You still have to try for it though, you can’t pop one of these and stay up all night gaming and wonder why you couldn’t fall asleep. That being said, you cannot technically take too much, although I recommend not going over 10 milligrams, and any more might make you too groggy in the morning. Start with 3 milligrams a half hour before bed, and see where it takes you.
Warning: you may experience some pretty vivid dreams when you start taking melatonin. So not recommended for those with night terrors!
That’s all I have to get you to sleep easier. If you’re still having trouble, then maybe you might want to talk to a doctor. I wish you all the best of luck, and sweet dreams!!
If you have any sleep secrets up your sleeves that I didn’t mention, help each other out and post them in the comments below!
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