Many things can keep you up at night, such as distractions from your phone or even your own thoughts. If you have tried everything from meditation to hot baths and eye masks, you may be in search of some more solutions. Here are 5 strange things to try when you just can’t get to sleep at night.
What will help me sleep?
The following is by no means wholly conclusive, but here are some of the weirdest tips to help you sleep:
1. Try to leave your bedroom door open
You may only like to sleep with the door closed at night to keep in the heat or feel more safe and secure. However, leaving the door open when you go to bed will help the air circulate around the room. A study published by Indoor Air found that after observing healthy adults for 5 nights, those who slept with the door open reported having a higher quality of sleep than those who chose to sleep with their bedroom door shut. If you are getting too hot during the night or even as you go to sleep, this small change might make a big difference.
2. Eat your breakfast for dinner!
Foods which are high in potassium improve your blood pressure and are crucial for good muscle health. Eating potassium-rich foods before bed can help to relax your muscles as well as slowing down your blood pressure, resulting in a calmer state of mind and body.
Foods that are high in potassium include bananas, yoghurt, orange juice and milk. So eating some breakfast for dinner may just be the key to success when it comes to getting a good night’s rest.
3. Give redecorating your bedroom a try
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging your living quarters to maximise the flow of energy. Moving the furniture around in your bedroom will give the room a new lease of life and it may be the winning thing that gets you sleeping better. It may take a couple of attempts to get it right but it could be worth it in the end.
Not only does the energy of a room make a difference in how you sleep, but the colour and design. Redecorating your bedroom and using different colours and textures can make a big difference to your mood and how you feel before and during sleep. Colour psychology suggests that blues are calming and cool whereas reds can be associated with strain and aggression.
Read More: Can Bedroom Design Help You Sleep Better?
4. Spend more time outside during the day
Research has shown that spending more time outside each day can help improve your overall health as well as the quality of your sleep. Being exposed to nature, in particular the colour green, has been proven to have a positive effect on your overall well being as well as the duration of your sleep.
Being outside can also allow you to be more in tune with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. This is because your body’s circadian rhythm works on a cycle which adjusts with sunrise and sunset.
5. Find your purpose in life
A study examining the relationship between having a purpose in life and sleep quality concluded that maintaining a higher level of meaning in everyday life correlated with better sleep quality. If you haven’t found it already, discovering meaning and purpose in your life could be quite daunting and will most likely take some time. Take a look at the tips below which can help to give each day more structure and meaning.
- Create a daily routine If you’re struggling to get up each day or timekeeping is an issue, creating a daily routine may help you feel more organised and in control of your day to day tasks.
- Set daily goals Whether your goal is to listen to a podcast, walk 5000 steps or drink 2 litres of water, having goals to work towards each and every day will ensure your time has a purpose.
- Try new things
If you aren’t sure about your career or your hobbies, why not try out some new activities? Taking up a new hobby, attending workshops or trying out a new class may just give you the meaning you’ve been looking for.
Read More: 10 Ways To Sleep Better At Night
Why can’t I sleep?
If your sleeping problems are becoming consistent, you may have a sleep disorder. Sleeping disorders are a condition where a person is unable to sleep even when they are feeling tired. There are many different types of sleeping disorders which all involve different treatments and techniques. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, it’s best to consult with your local GP or Sleep Specialist.
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, everyone is different and so what works for one person may not work for you. What’s important is to keep trying new things and with each new thing you try, be sure to give yourself some time to adjust.
What has been the best thing to help you sleep at night? Let us know in the comments section, we’d love to see your success stories!