Insomnia is a frightful term which strikes fear in the hearts of anyone who has faced it in the past. Those who are blessed with passing out as soon as their head hits the pillow often have no idea how lucky they are. For the rest of us, the suggestions below can be lifesavers.
If insomnia is a problem for you, see your doctor so any other medical conditions can be ruled out. There are many problems, such as restless leg syndrome, that could keep you from getting a great night’s sleep. Once the underlying cause is dealt with, your sleep should naturally return quickly.
Take a bath right before bed. A nice warm bath can help your body get to the relaxation place it needs to sleep. Throw in some salts or bath oils to help create an even more relaxing experience. But be careful not to linger in there too long. It’s important to not stay in the bath to the point that your body is exhausted from the heat.
Drink some warm milk before you go to bed. It’s a famous home remedy for a reason! Milk has calcium in it, as you probably know. But did you know that calcium helps calm your nerves? So a glass of tasty warm milk before sleep can help push insomnia to the side.
About three hours before bedtime, avoid all stimulants, such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and certain medications. Caffeine effects can last for up to six hours, and alcohol, while sedating at first, can cause frequent wakefulness. Certain medications, such as for asthma, are stimulants as well. Check with your doctor to see if you can substitute, or make a different schedule.
Sleep only as long as it takes you to feel refreshed the next morning. Avoid getting too much, as well as too little, sleep. Sleeping too long can make you sluggish, feeling tired, even though you got enough sleep. This can cause a rebound effect at bedtime, adding to your insomnia woes.
Give yourself a good 30 minutes of trying to fall asleep, before automatically concluding that you’re in for a night of insomnia. It may take a full half an hour before your body is ready for snoozing, and if you so much as think the word “insomnia” you could set yourself up for it!
Do not nap. While you may feel that you desperately need the rest, napping will keep you up later in the evenings. That means you’ll just be tired again when you wake up, starting the whole cycle all over again. Keep yourself up during the day and you’ll find that you are ready to sleep when your bedtime rolls around.
When you are drowning, someone will throw you a rope to pull you out. When you are drowning in the side effects of insomnia, you become the one who has to save yourself. Reading this article was a brave first step towards relief, and you should be proud of yourself for taking the time to learn.