barriers to sleep
HEALTH,  LIFESTYLE,  Personal Development

Overcoming Barriers to Sleep

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There are a lot of things that can interrupt a good night’s sleep. From falling asleep to staying asleep, there are common barriers that you can overcome if they tend to get in the way. Some barriers are easier than others but with conscious effort you can stop losing sleep and start loving bedtime again.

Some of the common barriers to sleep are:

  • Overwhelm
  • Anxiety and worries
  • Being a light sleeper

While these aren’t the only reasons people don’t get enough high-quality sleep, they do account for a large percentage of people who suffer sleepless nights. Here’s how to tackle these barriers and overcome them.

Tackle overwhelm and get back in control

Overwhelm is usually a mixture of things you can and can’t control.

Begin by tackling the things under your control.

Reduce your schedule to what you can handle in this moment in time. This might mean cutting back on responsibilities and extra activities.

Delegate when possible. Hand over important tasks that aren’t essential for you to complete. Allow or require someone else to manage them until you aren’t overwhelmed.

Next, tackle the things you can’t control

Put your focus and energy on solving any problems that are causing you overwhelm. Even if you can’t control the situation, you can control your reaction to it.

Tackle anxiety and worries and fall asleep

Falling asleep when your mind is racing is really hard to do. Sometimes bedtime is the only time you can’t distract yourself from what you’re anxious and worried about. That can make bedtime stressful.

If you suffer from acute anxiety, you might benefit from outside help. Your physician or counselor can help you with treatments that can help alleviate anxiety and worries when they are too intense to manage other ways.

Simple activities like drinking chamomile tea, taking an aroma-therapy bath, or unwinding with a good book can help reduce worries and stress before bedtime.

Tackle sleep distractions and stay sound asleep

Being a light sleeper can make staying asleep hard. Finding the best ways to eliminate sound and other stimulation can help.

Use exercise to help you sleep better. Physical exertion is an excellent way to combat sleeping lightly. Regularly physical activity including cardio and weights can help tire your body out and make you more likely to sleep deeply at night.

Make sure your environment is set up for sleeping. Your bedroom can be a haven for great sleep or possibly a hell. Make sure your room is free from noise, light, and other distractions. Ensure your bedclothes and your bedding are soft and non-irritating. Making sure all of your senses are comfortable and able to rest during sleep will help light sleepers stay asleep.

There are many distractions that cause poor sleep. Overcoming the ones that affect you most can help you sleep better, longer, and deeper.

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