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10 habits and routines to cut through the Insomnia

Insomnia is curable. Surprised?! We all have sleepless nights tossing and turning on the bed at some point in time. For some of us, it has become more of a habit. Did you know that there are a few simple tips that can help you “sleep like a baby?” So ladies, set yourself up for discipline, not a failure!
Dr Jahnavi Katdare
October 19, 2023

Insomnia can disrupt your life, leaving you exhausted and anxious. But don't lose hope! Many cases of insomnia are treatable with consistent effort and a focus on healthy sleep habits. This guide explores 10 powerful strategies to help you overcome insomnia and achieve restful sleep.

Understanding Insomnia: Types and Causes

Insomnia comes in two main forms: short-term and chronic. Short-term insomnia is temporary, often triggered by stress or lifestyle changes. Chronic insomnia is persistent and requires medical evaluation.

Combatting Insomnia Naturally:

  1. Embrace Exercise: Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise can be as effective as medication in improving sleep quality. It reduces stress, improves mood, and regulates your body's natural sleep-wake cycle.
  2. Establish a Sleep Schedule: Go to bed and wake up at consistent times each day, even on weekends. This regularity helps regulate your body's internal clock and promotes sleepiness at bedtime.
  3. Develop Relaxing Routines: Wind down before bed with calming activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to soothing music. Avoid screen time, as the blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with sleep.
  4. Mind Your Meals: Avoid heavy, rich meals close to bedtime. Opt for lighter, balanced meals that won't disrupt digestion during sleep.
  5. Power Down Before Bed: Avoid screen time for at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitted by electronic devices suppresses melatonin production, a hormone crucial for sleep regulation.
  6. Manage Stress and Anxiety: Techniques like yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety, promoting better sleep.
  7. Limit Stimulants: Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns. Consider reducing or eliminating these substances, especially in the evening.
  8. Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Sanctuary: Create a sleep-conducive environment in your bedroom. Keep it dark, quiet, cool, and clutter-free. Use your bed primarily for sleep and intimacy.
  9. Don't Force Sleep: If you can't fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and engage in a relaxing activity in a dimly lit area. Return to bed only when you feel drowsy.
  10. Ditch the Daytime Naps: Long naps during the day can make it harder to fall asleep at night. Limit naps to 20-30 minutes in the early afternoon.

Remember, consistency is key! Implementing these habits regularly can significantly improve your sleep quality. Don't be discouraged if it takes time – even small changes can make a big difference.  If insomnia persists, consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

Sweet dreams!