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What To Do If You Can’t Sleep: 20 Easy Insomnia Solutions

What To Do If You Can’t Sleep: 20 Easy Insomnia Solutions

Can’t sleep? Don’t worry. Insomnia is more common than you think.

Since sleep is an important part of our overall health and happiness, it is essential to develop some strategies to combat insomnia. After all, we sleep for around 1/3 of our lives. So, let’s take insomnia more seriously and change some of the bad habits we have that prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.

Here is a list of 20 easy solutions you can try to help cure your insomnia, fall asleep faster, and even wake up in a good mood and fresh in the morning.

1. Fix your sleeping schedule.

It all starts here. Our body and mind needs to know when it is time to go to bed and when to wake up. It is ideal to have a routine and go to sleep at the same time every day.

You can slowly get into the right sleeping schedule by waking up a little earlier every morning. This will make you sleepy a bit earlier.

2. Exercise.

The benefits of exercising daily, even if it’s a quick workout at home, are amazing. It has a therapeutic effect and can help make us naturally tired in the evening.

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However, try not to exercise at night. Work out in the earlier part of the day so your body has time to wind down before bedtime.

3. Have a bedtime ritual.

Have a set of actions that you can do each evening that will tell your mind it’s time for sleep.

This may be preparing your food and clothes for tomorrow, taking a long bath, or listening to some relaxing music.

4. Track your sleep.

Keep track of when you go to sleep and the time you wake up. Write down things like how you feel in the morning, what you did before bed, and so on.

Then, go back and analyze the results and see what causes your insomnia and what helps you sleep better.

5. Eat better.

Needless to say, junk food won’t help you sleep like a baby. Processed fats and sugar will ruin your rest. Instead, choose foods that give you energy and are nutritious.

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6. Try a weighted blanket.

A weighted blanket can help insomnia and anxiety. Learn more about this unusual trick, that’s backed by research, here.

7. Read to get yourself to sleep.

Going to bed with a book is a great way to finish the day with a habit that many successful people share and to let your mind turn off in a natural way. Give it a try.

8. Use apps that track the quality of your sleep and wake you up at the best time.

Sleep Cycle is one such example. It analyzes your movements during sleep and wakes you up when you’re in a lighter sleep phase.

SleepBot also keeps track of your behavior while sleeping and even records sounds to check if you have any breathing problems. Then, it makes sure you get up at the right moment.

9. Avoid caffeine in the second part of the day.

For the best results, stop drinking coffee after lunch. It may be hard for some coffee lovers to do that, so start small and ditch it just an hour earlier today.

10. Meditate.

It’s proven that meditating, even a short daily session of a couple of minutes, helps you empty your mind, alleviate stress, and leaves you feeling more peaceful in general. All of this leads to better sleep as well.

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11. Skip naps during the day.

Napping during the second part of the day in particular can lead to disturbed sleep at night.

12. Get a better mattress.

It’s crucial for your body to feel comfortable in bed so that it can rest properly. It’s worth investing more in a better mattress.

13. Don’t get too emotional in the evening.

Heavy noises and parties before bed won’t help you get to sleep anytime soon. The same goes for having important conversations or watching highly emotional movies. When you get worked up, your mind isn’t allowed to rest. So, leave it for tomorrow morning and save your peace of mind tonight.

14. Eliminate noise.

Make sure there’s no noise in your bedroom. If you can’t prevent the noise, try wearing earplugs at night.

15. Ditch technology at least an hour before bed.

Using devices right before bedtime is bad for you. The light that comes from them doesn’t let your brain turn off, and they make noise even when you’re not using them. So, make sure you put all your devices away from your bed when you’re about to go to sleep and stop using them an hour before bedtime.

16. Use a sleeping mask.

Sleeping in a quiet place is important, but so is darkness. The best way to eliminate light is to get a sleeping mask.

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17. Drink some hot tea or milk in the evening.

These two beverages can help you feel calm and get sleepy. Just make sure your tea is decaf!

18. Have a light dinner an hour or two before bed.

You won’t fall asleep easily if you go to bed on a full stomach, but an empty one isn’t the solution either. So, have a light dinner a couple of hours before bedtime for optimal rest at night.

19. Let go.

After the day is gone, make sure you leave behind all your problems, worries, and the stress of the day. Even if it was a good day, excitement can keep you from falling asleep. So, let go of all your thoughts. Accept everything that happened and free yourself from it.

20. Journal your thoughts.

You may want to write down a few things you’re grateful for or what happened during the day and how you felt about it. Share your vision for the next day too. That’s an easy practice that will help you move on and even look forward to what tomorrow might bring.

Which of these hacks will you try first to solve your insomnia problem?

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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