You’ve had the long week to beat all long weeks. Work is incredibly stressful. You’re in a bad family situation, your relationship is slowly breaking down, and to top it all off, you stepped on your hair straightener and now all you have a broken $300 straightener and a sore foot.
You finally finish off some of your work and crawl into bed around midnight. Your eyes are so tired that it feels like your eyelids weigh about five kilos each. And yet, when you turn the light off and close your eyes…you can’t fall asleep.
Instead, you spend a few hours over-analysing every situation under the sun. You go back over conversations you’ve had and rewrite them in your head. You come up with crazy new life plans and dismiss them almost immediately. You think about everything from elephants to toasters to Christmas (even though it’s February).
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Before you know it, it’s the wee hours of the morning and you haven’t had a wink of sleep. And then you realise that you have to be awake in four hours, and you start to panic. And then you lie there some more, counting away each wasted minute and praying for your frantic mind to slow down. Three hours, 55 minutes… Three hours, 25 minutes…
Sound familiar? I bet it does. We’ve all had one of those incredibly stressful, sleepless nights, when your poor, tired brain is in absolute overdrive. And everything seems so much worse in the middle of the night, when the entire rest of the world appears to be resting peacefully. It’s just you, alone, in a world of terrible infomercials and midnight snacks.
If you’re one of those Aussies that stressed out, and unable to sleep, try one of the below remedies. And don’t forget to post your own in the comments.
1. Switch off entirely before bed.
Set yourself a bedtime – and at least an hour before you go to bed, turn off all electronic devices. No, really. Stop staring at your laptop and don’t lie in bed Instagramming.
Looking at artificial light before bed causes your melatonin levels to drop (i.e. your sleep hormone), and actually wakes you up. Which explains why I’ve often found myself watching seriously mindless Youtube videos until 2am for absolutely no good reason. If you switch everything off and give yourself a chance to relax, your body will wind down and your mind will get the message that it’s sleep time. Read a book, read a magazine, or just sit on the couch relaxing with a cup of (non-caffeinated) tea and a square of dark chocolate.