For a lot of people, a good night's sleep isn't a given. Insomnia is a problem that affects millions of people every night. If this is something you have to deal with, here are a few tips that will help you to start sleeping again. Keep reading to learn more.


Play some music right before you go to bed. Music can have a really relaxing effect on the body, and that's important for those suffering from insomnia. Choose music that calms you, and have it playing lightly in the background as you lay down for sleep. Don't go with any music that's energizing. That's the wrong direction you want to go!


You can try to set your alarm to get up an hour sooner, if you have insomnia. It may make you feel tired in the morning, but will help you get to sleep that night. Rising earlier will help you be ready for sleep and will help you to fall asleep easier.


Don't nap during the day if you deal with insomnia, no matter how tired you get. If insomnia has kept you up the night before, it will only do so again if you catch a few winks in the day time. Just plow through until evening, and go to bed at your normal time.


If sleep absolutely eludes you, do not just lie there worrying about sleeping. Try getting out of bed, and doing some light activity, such as a warm bath, or a little reading. This may be just enough activity to make you forget about your sleep problems, and help you to fall asleep.


Do not keep your bedroom too hot. Keeping your sleeping area too warm can disturb sleep, and cause frequent waking. On the other hand, studies show no evidence that a cool room can cause sleep disturbances. Keeping the temperature low, and a window open may help to keep insomnia at bay.


Don't make your bed the hub for all your activity. Your bed should only be for sleeping. If you are always trying to do other things in bed, your body knows that and isn't quite sure what it is there for. Make sure that you keep other activity out of bed and you'll fall asleep better.


Get enough exercise. Exercise can help you cut stress by releasing endorphins into your system. That can help you sleep more deeply at night. However, avoid exercise within 3 or 4 hours before bed, because endorphins can keep you awake if you exercise too close to your bedtime. Give it time.


If you are waking up because your legs are uncomfortable, talk to your doctor about restless leg syndrome. There are a myriad of causes for this disorder, but sadly, there is no cure. There are some strategies which can help, such as exercise, calcium/magnesium supplements and even smoking marijuana, and your doctor can advise you on what to try.


Noise is a significant cause of insomnia in many people. Even slight noise like a ticking close may prevent sleep for some people. If this is your case, get rid of all noise makers in the bedroom. If your home is in a noisy area, white noise machines may provide relief.


A warm bath before bed can help relax your body. This is especially helpful when you have a hard time sleeping. Try taking a bath with Epsom salt and some baking soda, about a cup of each. This mixture can help you relax and also removes toxins from your body.


If you have a willing spouse, or sleep partner, try talking him or her into giving you a relaxing massage to help combat insomnia. If you cannot coerce them into a full-body massage, even a quick back massage with some soothing oil might be enough to relax your body, making sleep come easier.


Anyone who struggles with insomnia will do well do abstain from napping. Naps are a great thing. As we get older, we appreciate good naps more and more. But this can hinder your ability to fall asleep at night. Although you may crave the burst of energy you experience following a nap, the frustration you feel at bedtime is far more powerful.


After reading the tips in this article, you have to make sure that you put them to use. Use each tip and see if it works for you. It may be time-consuming, but you might find a way to get you back to sleep. Learn all you can to make sure that insomnia is a thing of the past.