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The paradox of insomnia: too tired to fall asleep?

It sounds ridiculous, but it's the real truth. By the way, many of you at least once in your life faced with a similar problem. You come to the bedroom, lay down in your comfy bed, you feel very tired, but your eyes do not even think to close and sleep don't want to come. Some kind of paradox…

Why is this so? It's all because of ‘racing mind’. Your mind is full of different thoughts about the past and the future, you are focused on them, you may feel sleepy, but at the same time, you can't fall asleep. According to the Great British Sleep Survey, an active mind or ‘racing mind’ is the most frequent cause of sleeplessness in poor sleepers. The more you think, the more excited you become, despite the fact that you feel tired.

Moreover, if you are a fitness enthusiast and decide to do some workouts before bed, it can easily interrupt your sleep even though you feel tired. The fact is intense aerobic exercise too close to bedtime may boost your energy, making it more difficult for you to get a healthy sleep on time.

Also, do not forget to avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine before bedtime. These stimulants can make it more difficult to reduce arousal and initiate sleep. You'd better replace your favorite caffeinated drinks with a cup of chamomile or mint tea.

What can you do when faced with such a problem? We are all different and prefer different things and methods. In this case, you need to experiment to find exactly the method that will suit you.

Pay attention to CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), it works by addressing both the mental and behavioral factors that can prevent you from getting a healthy and sound sleep. CBT helps overcome the negative emotions and feelings that prevent you from falling asleep. In addition, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help you develop a healthy sleep regimen (go to bed and wake up every day at the same time).



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