How to Sleep Better at Night Without the Hassles

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By Janet Martin

Times are tough. However, losing sleep because of your problems is never worth it. You may get a temporary high from drinking kegs upon kegs of beer, smoking pot or working yourself to death. But sleep deprivation, as a result of escaping your problems, may make matters worse. Aside from jeopardizing your health and mind, not getting ample sleep can also put your relationships at risk.

It is important to note that a person needs at least six to eight hours of restful sleep every night. While you are sleeping, your body is getting the rest it needs and your adrenal gland is being repaired and restored. If you do not get that much needed slumber, however, your adrenal glands remain depleted and drained. Furthermore, there are a host of serious problems, including diabetes and certain types of cancers, which can be a result of not having adequate sleep.

If you have been finding it difficult to sleep, popping a sleeping pill is not always the answer, especially if you are taking medications for other conditions. You do not want to follow in the footsteps of Heath Ledger. In fact, it may be a better idea to find natural ways to induce sleeping. Here are some of the things you can do to help you sleep better at night.

Go Dark

Melatonin is released by the brain usually at around two in the morning. This brain chemical is important in providing you a deep and restful sleep. However, if your bedroom is exposed to neon lights or other bright lights, your brain might not release melatonin, thinking that it is still day time. Thus, it is often wise to keep your bedroom dark during the night.

You can achieve an almost pitch dark environment by using thick curtains. If you share a room with other people, using an eye mask to keep things dark will be helpful in getting you to sleep.