Lately everyone has problems with falling asleep, as far as I can see. Even myself. Last night I stayed awake untill 1 AM ! But I think I know what my problem is. The last week I didn’t go for a jog in the morning nor in the evening.
I have some tips for people who desperatly try to fall asleep, which may help you. I took them out of personal experiences .
What is the sleeping state ? - if interested, click the spoiler below, even thaught we all know that.
[spoiler]Characteristics of Sleep
We all know how sleep looks – when we see someone sleeping, we recognize the following characteristics:
•If possible, the person will lie down to go to sleep.
•The person’s eyes are closed.
•The person doesn’t hear anything unless it is a loud noise.
•The person breathes in a slow, rhythmic pattern.
•The person’s muscles are completely relaxed. If sitting up, the person may fall out of his or her chair as sleep deepens.
•During sleep, the person occasionally rolls over or rearranges his or her body. This happens approximately once or twice an hour. This may be the body’s way of making sure that no part of the body or skin has its circulation cut off for too long a period of time.In order to maximize your sleep time, there are four main considerations. You must:
•Begin your preparations for sleep during the day
•Schedule your sleep patterns deliberately
•Practice habits that help your body to relax before sleep
•Control your sleep environment
Prepare for Sleep All Day
From the moment you wake up in the morning, you have choices to make that can affect how well you sleep that night. Making wise choices throughout the day can help you sleep soundly at night and awaken with renewed energy.
One such choice is to get regular exercise. The next page explains when you should work out to sleep better at night.[/spoiler]
Sport or exhausting activites is the answer, to eliminate the toxins in your body through sweating and to “consume” the energy your body has.
Now, imagine a laptop with full battery. The laptop is on stand by. If you don’t open that laptop and use most of the battery power it has, it will never use that whole energy by itself. While on stand by it still uses some energy but veery little energy.
Now you are the laptop. If you want a good night sleep, eliminate the energy during the day. Sitting in your office and doing paper work means you are on stand by - you don’t use much energy. Now, go out, play some tennis, go for a jog or simply run amok in your garden, jump, klimb trees - do something .
You should feel tired. But don’t get fooled by that. The body recoveres really fast from such an activity. Rest 10 minutes and do that again. Rest another 10 minutes and do it again. Now you are really tired.
Now wait for night and go to sleep. IF that doesn’t work so well lay down on the hard floor for 15 minutes without moving. You’ll hurt yourself a bit, but once you are in bed, and with all the activities you have done during the day, you should have no probs with going to sleep.
This worked for me. Some relaxing music can’t hurt - just make sure it is quiet and peacefully. Remember - all bodies are different form each other - some eliminate this energy faster some do that slower.
You know why there is this advice to not eat before going to sleep ? Because food is energy. Your body needs food and water to produce energy. Like the laptop - if you used all energy and you are preparing to shut down - don’t plug it in, because if you do you consumed all the energy for nothing.
Have fun and I wish you a good night sleep !