These three tips for staying asleep all night can solve your insomnia problems for good. Nothing is more frustrating than turning in for the night, only to find yourself lying there, eyes wide open, unable to fall asleep. The stress of sleeplessness alone can prevent against the onset of restful slumbers. The key to successfully going to sleep and staying asleep, according to experts, is to set a routine that facilitates sleep, and stick to it no matter what.
By waking up at the same time each day and going to sleep around the same time each evening, you program your internal body clock in the same exact way you program your morning wake-up alarm. Your body is naturally inclined to seek out sleep approximately 14 to 16 hours after waking. So understanding how the body clock works and working with rather than against natural rhythms can greatly aid in going to sleep and staying asleep.
Individuals who have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep often find it helpful to establish a regular sleep-time routine, using a Pavlovian-type conditioning scenario to "train" the body and the mind that it is time to go to sleep. A hot cup of milk or tea, restful music, lowering the lights one-half hour before going to bed, or a period of meditation just prior to bedtime are some ideas. The most important facet of a successful sleep-time routine is simply finding what works best for you.
Choosing soft, soothing colors, adding a white noise machine, turning off the cell phone and television, selecting soft sheets and pillows, and ensuring that drapes block out ambient light from streetlights or even moonlight can all be ways to make your bedroom a place where you both want to fall asleep and can fall asleep.