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Getting a Better Night's Sleep Can Help Lift Your Mood

Getting a Better Night's Sleep Can Help Lift Your Mood

If you have a mental illness, you may have trouble sleeping at night.

If you have a mental illness, you may have trouble sleeping at night. It is so easy to lay in bed in a quiet, dark room and let yourself slip away into the land of “what ifs” until suddenly it’s much later and you’re still awake. Fortunately, there are some small things you can do to help yourself get to sleep sooner so that you can wake up and maybe feel a little better.

Your Bedroom is Your Zen Paradise

One way you can help yourself sleep is to turn your bedroom into a relaxation sanctuary. You may want to invest in blackout curtains or blinds to block out as much light as possible. If there tends to be noise in and/or around your home, try a noise machine to drown it out. Make sure you have a good, comfortable mattress. One of the biggest obstacles to getting a good night’s sleep is a bad mattress. If you find that you’re lying there tossing and turning and not really getting any sleep, get up and go into another room and read a book or get a drink of water. You want to re-wire your brain so that it thinks of your bedroom as a place of sleep and not a place where you just struggle to sleep.

Create a Routine

Another great way to help yourself get more sleep is to create a schedule and routine and stick to them. Don’t start a difficult task late in the day. Allow yourself time to de-stress after a long day before attempting to sleep. Your brain will respond better in many areas as long as it knows what to expect. If you follow the same routine at the same time every night, your brain will start to associate that time and those tasks with “time to start shutting down” and it will eventually be much easier for you to get to sleep.

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