Thursday, October 1, 2009

When Sleep Evades...

Sleeping is an essential part of a human being's activity. It is important because it allows for our whole bodily systems to rest and in turn give us that youthful glow. Thus it is also important to follow a certain sleeping routine. I am fortunate enough because I don't have any difficulty sleeping. Even if something preoccupies my mind, sleep still comes to me like a mother embracing her child. But for those of you who are unfortunate and get insomnia attacks every now and then, just like my hubby, then the following just might help:

A comfortable sleeping environment. Lights must be kept low and if you can't sleep without lights, then night lights in the hallway or the bathroom will do. The room temperature should also be comfortable for you. You may also opt to play some relaxing background music but keep the volume level low.

Caffeine and Medicine Intake. If you are a coffee drinker or are taking medications, chances are you will find it hard to sleep. Caffeine and other chemicals in the medicine may affect sleep. It would be smart to cut down on your coffee intake at the later part of the day and take your medication during the day.

Stress and Work Shift. If you are stressed out and work on shifts, your body clock is affected. Try to relax your body before going to bed. Getting a light massage, listening to soothing music or soaking your feet in lukewarm water with a few lemon squeezes and salt will do the trick.

Consult a doctor. If you still are having problems sleeping, it would of course be wise to consult a doctor. They will know what to do, and when deemed necessary will prescribe sleeping medication and/or sleeping supplements like melatonin.

And speaking of melatonin, there is now a supplier in the UK and Europe where one can
buy melatonin and other hard to reach supplements. You may want to check them out. Their friendly customer service crew will be more than happy to assist you.

Here's to a good night's sleep. Hope it never evades you again.

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