You have tried meditation, warm milk and hot baths, but your muscles remain tightly wound, ready for action, and bedtime is increasingly difficult.
Aware that your sleep’s quality is suffering, you examine your job and lifestyle, finding no known insomnia triggers.
Before turning to sleep medications, consider another possibility; thieves might be hiding in your bedroom! These thieves are details, harmless during daylight hours, but destructive once your eyes close. Since these thieves operate at the physical level, you have seen and touched them every morning and night, but haven’t connected them to your insomnia… before now.
Change The Atmosphere And Change Your World
Sleeping Bodies Need Support
A properly supported body relaxes more completely than one that is not. This sounds like common sense, but most sleepers only use pillows to support their heads. Side and back sleepers, using only head support, leave their lower backs and hips woefully under supported.
Body pillows are over-sized, extending from your shoulders to your calves. While lying on your side in a semi-fetal position, tuck your body pillow between your knees, draping your outside arm (the arm not against the mattress) over the pillow. Doing so eases the stress placed on the hips and shoulders unsupported by the mattress.
Tuck a pillow under your knees while sleeping on your back to ease lower back strain, as well.
Sleep Guidelines Might Not Address Your Body’s Needs
Parents, schools and doctors teach that we need about eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night depending on age, and you might worry about not meeting that standard. You can relinquish some of that concern if your parents and/or siblings exhibit sleep patterns similar to yours.
Guidelines are generalities, not individual standards, and your family’s genetic tendencies can trump the eight-hours-of-uninterrupted-sleep model. If you are not sure of your needs, start a sleep diary, recording the time you go to sleep, how well you sleep, how you feel when you wake up, and the ease or difficulty experienced each day.
The physical causes of insomnia are serious and need attention. Hunt for, then evict your sleep thieves and regain your restorative sleep.