Insidious insomnia

We all have nights where we toss and turn and just can’t sleep and the next morning we are tired and in a bad mood. Insomnia is not just a strange sleepless night; it is a constant condition that can damage health and happiness.

We go round and round all night wishing there was some way that we could relax enough to go to sleep.

We dread going to bed knowing that we probably won’t be able to sleep.

The stress and anger of our day can linger in our subconscious mind, making it difficult to relax at night.

If you can’t find a valid reason for your sleep problems, your problems are likely stress-related. Working to relieve your stress can help you cure insomnia.

Stress is something we can overcome with perseverance. There are many ways to deal with stress, and again, different things work for different people. Managing anger and stress in a positive way, spending time with other people, exercising, and staying positive can prevent stress and anger from disturbing your sleep.

A sleep diary can be a helpful way to keep track of your insomnia. Knowing your sleep patterns can help you uncover the cause of your insomnia with the possibility of a good night’s sleep.

Don’t worry about diet foods, focus deeply on the foods you eat.

Don’t eat after 7pm;

Try an herbal tea like chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea is used to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and restful sleep. Chamomile was used thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, where it was honored for its great healing properties. It was first used in Europe to help with insomnia. Used as a tea, chamomile is known to relax smooth muscle tissue. In this way, it is helpful in calming the nervous system and relieving menstrual cramps.

A cup of hot chocolate with whole milk works for many people. A simple cup of warm milk worked for others

Chamomile tea is a trusted source for many.

Milk is very valuable in insomnia. A glass of milk sweetened with honey should be taken every night before bed to treat this condition. It acts as a tonic and tranquilizer.

I’d say the biggest of the three was milk because there was no brain activity.

Put on a relaxing tape or CD of soothing nature sounds, and if you can’t sleep, get out of bed. Take a book. Read for half an hour to an hour and try again. You may finally be able to sleep.

Relax your body in a hot tub.

Deep breathing exercises will help you relax;

Avoid caffeine after dinner.

Caffeine is a drug that occurs naturally in the leaves and seeds of many plants. Caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system, increasing alertness.

Caffeine gives most people a temporary energy boost and elevates mood. Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, many sodas, pain relievers, and other over-the-counter medications.

Many people feel that caffeine increases their mental alertness. Higher doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and nervousness. Caffeine can also interfere with normal sleep. It can aggravate certain heart problems. It can also interact with some medications or supplements. If you are stressed or anxious, caffeine can make these feelings worse.

The Flinders University Sleep Research Laboratory is testing a radically new treatment for this condition.

It takes one to two hours to fall asleep, and then you wake up several times over the course of a night with a very interrupted sleep. The next day. You feel quite tired and irritable.

The problem is that few people persevere.

I once heard the saying to count sheep. According to Professor Lushington, when you think of an activity like counting sheep, you are getting distracted. You are able to stop thoughts; – which for some people can be quite productive.

Anything that stimulates your mind should be avoided before going to bed.

Research indicates that sleeping on your back is the best position to relax. Allow for deeper, calmer breathing. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, this puts pressure on your lungs and results in shallow breathing. The deeper you breathe, the greater the relaxation.

Author Mary Newton

Tuesday, May 20, 2008