Lack of Sleep Can Cause a Mental Meltdown
November 30, 2010 by Bob Livingston
Trying to fall asleep can be frustrating when you can’t relax into a peaceful slumber. Not only does it affect you during those nighttime hours, you could carry feelings of anger, depression and hostility around during the day, too. Worse yet, insomnia has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure levels, heart disease and stroke.
To help you get to sleep faster, try these recommended techniques:
- Block out the noise. By drowning out disturbing sounds with relaxing music or nature sounds, you won’t be distracted. If this doesn’t work, invest in a pair of ear plugs.
- Take a bath before bedtime. Try using soothing bath salts or soaps with chamomile and lavender. Both of these herbs can help you relax.
- Keep a journal. Writing down how much caffeine you drink… how much exercise you get… and the foods you eat will help you identify triggers that keep you awake.
- Drop the temperature. Most people sleep better when their rooms are cooler, according to The Insomnia Workout. If you experience hot flashes or night sweats, the book suggests a temperature of 65 degrees or lower.
- Meditate to release your worries. Before bedtime, try meditating for about 30 minutes to release tension and stress that has built up during the day.