We’ve all suffered the same feeling. Crawling into bed exhausted after a long stressful day, curling up under the covers with the softest pillow under your head, eyes closed and ready for sleep…that does not come. Sometimes sleep just isn’t on the brain’s agenda, and that can be absolutely frustrating. Here’s some ways to help yourself when sleep decides to take the night off.
Don't Phone A Friend
As tempting as it may be to pick up your phone and text someone that late night ‘I can’t sleep’ text, don’t do it. The light from the screen will only wake you up, and the possible response from said person, or just the fact that your phone is in your hand (with Facebook and Instagram and whatnot), with all those tempting apps and games will also keep you awake. When you go to bed, think of it as your phone’s bed time too.
Adjust the Room Temperature
Is it too hot? Is it too cold? Try and adjust the temperature for yourself so that you’re at your most comfortable. If it’s too warm, locate that thermostat stat and set it to your liking. If you’re at a place that isn’t your own and the thermostat is more than likely off limits, crack a window, sleep with just a sheet or no blanket, and grab a glass of cold water. If you’re feeling chilled to the bone, layer on those blankets! It’s easiest to sleep when you’re at a temperature you’re comfortable with.
It’s so easy for the stresses of your day to stick with you to the end, and it’s especially frustrating when your mind keeps turning when you’d like to just pass out and recharge for the night. Whilst getting ready for bed, try and focus on your nightly routine, rather than what transpired in the day. Whether it was a rough day at work, an argument with a partner or anything else as equally upsetting, getting some good sleep will help your body recharge, and give you the rest you need to get up and tackle it in the morning.