Your physical health is impacted tremendously by how much sleep you get each night. On top of that, your mental health relies on being able to sleep as much as you feel you need to. If you have insomnia, your system can go haywire, but if you use the tips that follow, you’ll be fine.
Get into a sleeping routine. If your body has a daily resting pattern, you’ll become more tired at the time you need. Of course, sleeping at random intervals might worsen insomnia over time.
Your pituitary gland produces melatonin which helps regulate your sleep. When the pituitary gland does not receive enough sunlight to produce vitamin D, you will have trouble falling asleep at night. Try to get about 10 or 15 minutes of sun every day so that your pituitary gland can work properly and help you fall asleep.
Keep a sleep diary, if insomnia has become a major problem in your life. Record what time you go to bed and get up, as well as how long (approximately) it took you to fall asleep. Log meals, beverages, exercise and any major events that may impede sleep. Use the information to narrow down causes for insomnia and to find a workaround.
If you find that common sense and natural techniques aren’t helping you sleep, talk to your family doctor. They can refer you to a sleep clinic where the staff can get to the bottom of your problem. They’ll monitor your brain, heart and movements until they find the culprit for your sleep problems.
If you are being awakened by noises, you may not even know it is happening. They may be so quick that you wake up and hear nothing, so you don’t know why you’re waking up at all. Consider putting a recorder in your room to see if this may be the problem.
Melatonin, a hormone that occurs naturally in the human body at night. Melatonin supplements help some people beat insomnia, but they do not work for everyone. Available over-the-counter in the pharmacy, you can purchase Melatonin in several strengths. This supplement is particularly useful for people who are “nightowls,” and prefer to stay up late.
If you plan to take a bath before bed, be sure it is at least two hours before your head hits the pillow. Baths can actually stimulate you, so you shouldn’t take them right at bed time. Also, try not to stay in for longer than 20 minutes to have the best results.
Cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis are two techniques that may help you get the rest you need. A cognitive behavioral therapist can help you understand the reasons why you don’t sleep well. You will learn how to create a peaceful sleep environment and strategies for dealing with stress so you’re not so anxious at night.
To keep your entire system in alignment, properly energized and healed, you need to get your sleep. An occasional sleepless night is not a problem, but it doesn’t take many for negative effects to show. Apply all the ideas presented here if you want to escape insomnia.