A psychologist reviews ways to deal with chronic insomnia in a report for Scientific American.
Chronic insomnia can really disrupt your life. It puts a damper over your everyday mood and turns sleep into a chore instead of a relief. Here’s what the National Sleep Foundation recommends (slightly paraphrased):
Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.
Exercising, but not too close to bed time.
Steering clear of food that can be disruptive right before sleep.
Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light.
Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine.
Making sure that the sleep environment is comfortable by using blackout curtains, keeping it cool, and banning all screens.