You have this terrible nightmare in the middle of the night, and you are unable to go back to sleep. It might be because of fear, or there is no sleep in your eyes completely. Here are few tips on how you can go back to your peaceful sleep without much trouble.
Every activity starts primarily from the brain. You therefore need to program your brain that it’s time to sleep. Do not distract your mind by getting something to do. Like turning on your television hoping to sleep in the middle of your watching. Avoid your mobile phone or even laptop. You can do mental exercises that will sooth your brain back to sleep. For instance, a cyclist would imagine that you are preparing for a bike ride. A few minutes later you will be back to dreamland.
Getting something to munch at this time is out of the question. Eating at this time makes your brain more alert, and you are therefore decreasing the chances of you going back to sleep. Likewise, eating a lot may cause stomach rumbles which may distract your sleep right at that time or afterwards.
Ty your very best to ensure that you train yourself to sleep with lights off. The moment you turn on your bed, and you get the sight of any flicker of light, your brain gets stimulated, and you become alert again. When it’s dark, you find it easier to get back to sleep. If you need lights, let them be dim. Bright lights keep you alert.
Those magazines that you dispose of are useful for getting you back to sleep. Only that this time round the magazine or book should be a bit boring. Nothing exciting that will capture your attention and therefore making it harder for you to sleep. Thriller magazines or books will only stimulate you instead playing a role of a sedative. Do this with very little light exposure. This makes your eyes tired, and they will close automatically.
Don’t fumble around. Setting up or moving around may send a different message to your body. The message might be interpreted by the body that its time to wake up. If you want to be busy, better be lying down.
If you sleep during the day, the chances that you will go back to sleep after the distraction by the nightmare are slim. Most people think that they can make up for lost sleep during the day. This will tune your body to be sleeping during the day and stay awake during the night.
This is a way of making your muscles relax. When your muscles are completely relaxed, tension is reduced, and this sends a signal to your body that you need a rest. If the tension is held in your muscles, the brain is likely to remain more alert. Taking deep breaths longer is also a way of relaxing your muscles. This will reduce stress in your body, and you will sleep consciously.
Sleep is vital for your body. Ensure that you sleep for at least eight hours a day. It’s also good for your skin and health. Your body needs maximum rest, and that is what you should give it. Research shows that enough sleep prevents cardiac arrest and rejuvenates your brain to be able to solve challenges that you might be facing.