If you are an insomniac like me, then you definitely know how annoying it is when your body is so exhausted and all you want to do is go to bed but you just can't seem to lie still and keep your eyes shut long enough to fall asleep. However, there are certain things you can do to sleep like a baby at night. Not in the sense that you wake up every five seconds screaming, but those times when babies are out cold. The latter is what you want. Follow this list and that is what you will get.
Any type of exercise will help you sleep better at night. First of all, you are doing something other than lying on the couch watching TV so your body will have the chance to actually get sleepy. When you go for a run or even take the dog for a walk, your heart rate is pumping and your body is working. By the time bedtime rolls around, you'll be ready for a good night's rest.
2. Don't eat right before bedtime
This is just asking to stay awake for a few more hours. Eat early. I'm talking senior citizen early. If you want to eat dinner at 5, you go right ahead. It will make you tired by 8 and you can be in bed by 9. Your body sometimes mistakes being tired as being hungry. So when 8 pm rolls around, you are snacking on a grilled cheese. However, what your body was trying to tell you was that it was tired. And you just woke it up with some food.
3. Hot tea
Particularly sleepy-time tea. This stuff is amazing. It has chamomile in it and up until a few months ago I didn't realize the effect that little ingredient had. It knocks you out. The best part is it's a natural knock out! So you don't have to worry about getting hooked on sleeping meds with a cup of hot tea because it's actually good for you.
4. Cut out sweets
Chocolate, ice cream, and candy all have tons of sugar in them. Obviously. What does sugar do? It wakes you up of course! If you do get the munchies at night, drink a huge glass of water instead of that big chocolate candy bar. I know, it's super tempting to chow down on some Nerds or a Milky Way, but don't! Your body will wake up feeling groggy after the sugar coma you just induced. Drink water, tea, or even a glass of milk to curb the craving.
Yoga is the best stress reliever for a tightly wound person. It teaches you how to breathe. I know, you're probably thinking, "Um, hello, I know how to breathe. I'm doing it right now." But yoga teaches you how to regulate your breathing and slow your resting heart rate. It will make you healthier and certain yoga moves are perfect for helping you sleep better at night. It's true what they say: yoga is good for the mind, body, and soul!