Dr. Robertson: In the vast majority of sleep disorders cases, small yet not so easy to implement changes in everyday life are required. Such changes might include: no large meals or raw food after 5 pm, sufficient exercise during the day, no stressful conversations shortly before bedtime and a pleasant sleeping environment. Warmth, for example in the form of a hot shower or a hot water bottle, helps greatly when trying to fall asleep. Alcohol, on the other hand, is not an effective sleep aid. In fact, it prevents you from sleeping through the night. You should also refrain from looking at your mobile phone, TV or tablet for at least half an hour before going to bed. Additionally, I strongly advise against using sleep apps, as they increase the pressure to sleep or constantly make you feel like you haven’t slept enough. They are usually counterproductive, as is looking at the clock at night. A good remedy for insomnia is serenity.
Worries, fears and other burdens often rob us of sleep. It is therefore important to give these cares some space and thus to set in motion the necessary processing time. Psychologists can offer assistance in this regard.