Do you have trouble sleeping at night? I know I do. Sleepless nights are all too common for people of all ages. It’s usually caused by stress, anxiety or having some sort of discomfort. And if you’re at all like me, an overactive circadian rhythm loves to wake you up ten minutes before your alarm is supposed to go off, which can affect your energy for the rest of the day. Who knew what a difference ten minutes could make?
So what can you do to win the battle against your biological clock? Ultimately, everyone’s “clock” is different, and it rarely changes. However, there are some tricks you can try to help create restful sleep every night.
Since I started college, I began taking vitamin supplements, and they have helped me. Certain kinds help boost my energy during the day (I’ve never been a big fan of coffee), and get my body in a restful state at night. The best one to take at night is melatonin: it’s a natural hormone, so the supplement helps enhance what is already in your body. Whenever I needed it, one dose could usually help me fall asleep within 30 minutes. If you want to read more about dietary supplements, check out my other blog post.
It also helps to be more relaxed closer to bedtime. Do what works best for you. Since I’m in school, I usually wait until 7 or 8 o’clock to start my homework. My brain is usually exhausted by the time it’s 11, so I fall asleep pretty quickly most nights. For other people, watching TV or reading can help them fall asleep quicker.
And lastly, I cannot stress comfort enough. Be relaxed! It can take hours to fall asleep if you are hungry, hot, or just watched a scary TV show. Be in a good mood, and feel at ease when you’re ready for bed. Not only will you fall asleep faster, but you will achieve more REM (rapid eye movement) sleep that is necessary to give you the energy you need for the next day.
I enjoy sleep as much as the next person, so these tricks have improved my life tremendously over the last year. I hope these tricks help you, or give you an idea of how to improve your own internal clock.