Despite your best efforts to establish a relaxing routine and create a comfortable environment for sleep, there will be times when it will be hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Here are a few techniques to try when your sleep is interrupted:
- Get out of bed, go to another room and do a quiet – or even a boring – activity until you begin to feel very sleepy, then return to bed
- Try a relaxation technique to target and reduce tensions, either psychological or physical that might be inhibiting your ability to sleep well. One example is progressive muscle relaxation, which addresses muscle tension.
- To relieve psychological tension, meditation and imagery training may be helpful.
- If your sleeping troubles are persistent or are caused by physical pain, if you frequently feel anxious at night, or if you are having bad dreams or nightmares, speak with your doctor.