“1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep… 100 sheep..” You go on and on counting but to no avail. You just can’t fall asleep.

Are you a victim of insomnia? Insomnia is a terrible sleep disorder where one cannot fall asleep or stay asleep as long as desired. Counting sheep is one of the most ancient sleep devices, but this method doesn’t work for most of us. In fact, it is merely an old wives’ tale.

4 Simple Sleep Remedies

Fortunately, we have gathered some of the best sleeping suggestions here which can help fight insomnia and give you a well-deserved good night’s sleep:

1) Watching what you eat is quintessential.

You need to be extra meticulous with what you put inside your mouth, especially when insomnia is a chronic issue. Do follow these tips:

  • Avoid heavy meals 3 hours before bedtime; this causes heartburns or indigestion, induces discomfort and hampers one’s sleep.
  • Alcohol is a no-no. Alcohol quickly metabolizes in your system and causes one to wake mid-sleep, then disrupting your sweet dreams.
  • Try taking light snacks like Cherries and Bananas. They contain melatonin; it is the body’s natural chemical which regulates its sleep-wake cycle.

2) Do Not Exercise Before Bedtime

However active you may be, don’t attempt to exercise before your bedtime. The common misconception is that exercising makes you feel lethargic and helps you sleep more easily. On the contrary, exercising stimulates your brain, muscles, and heart and raises your body temperature. All these are the exact opposite of changes which occur in the body during sleep!

3) Keep Yourself Relax

Stress is another encumbrance to sleep. All your worries and anxiety plague your mind once you shut your eyes, thus hindering a good night’s rest. Do try the suggestions below:

  • Aromatherapy: light scented candles in your bedroom; it clams one down and is very useful for relaxation.
  • Apply essential plant oils that can help relax your mind and body.
  • Listen to some of your favourite pieces of music, be it soothing or hard rock; choose something that takes troubles off your mind.
  • Give yourself a break once in a awhile! Catch a movie with your partner or friends or plan a vacation at the end of the year.

4) Limit Your Nap Duration

We all like to take short naps to recharge ourselves during the day, but do you know that excessive naps can worsen your insomnia too?

  • If you really need to nap in the day, limit it to 20 to 30 minutes.
  • One study found that the closer we nap to our bedtime, the harder it is to wake up and have a good night’s rest when we actually want to hit the hay.
  • Ideally, naps should be kept short and taken in the early afternoon.

With these, we hope that you can have a good rest tonight. Sweet dreams!