Do you find yourself lying awake at night? You cannot sleep, but do not know why? Does your mind race,chasing sleep farther and farther away? You may have insomnia, a sleep disturbance that can wreak havoc on your sleeping, as well as waking, hours. If you are suffering from lack of sleep, read further for some tips and advice that may give you some relief.
If your doctor prescribes sleeping medication, take it exactly as the label says. Sleep medicine should be taken right before bedtime because they are designed to act quickly. Never drive after taking a sleeping pill. Never drink alcohol while taking sleeping pills. If you decide to quit taking your medication, talk to your doctor first.
If all else fails, you may have to consider prescription medication. Visit your physician and he will be able to help you find one that is right for you.
You may not be aware that night noises are keeping you awake. The hum of the refrigerator. The boom of the furnace kicking in. Even the tick-tock of the clock, or your partner’s snoring can ruin any chance of restful sleep. Try wearing some earplugs to see if drowning out the noise gets you to sleep faster.
Put tablets and laptops in a room that you do not sleep in. These devices will keep you up if you bring them in the bedroom. So if you have a problem with insomnia, the easiest thing to do is get those devices turned off an hour or so before going to bed. Allow yourself to rest and prepare for sleep.
Your body needs to wake at a consistent time each day. Most people sleep in whenever they can to catch up on the missed sleep during the week. If you constantly suffer from insomnia, train your body to wake up at a certain time each day and stick to it!
Remember that caffeine isn’t only found in coffee! Tea, pop and even chocolate all contain caffeine, as do energy drinks. You want to limit all the caffeine in your diet after 12pm so that you are able to fall asleep at night without the stimulating effects of this ingredient.
Stimulating activities prior to bedtime must be avoided. Video games, TV shows and lively discussions provide stimulation to the brain. They’ll make it tougher to fall asleep. Instead, do relaxing activities before sleeping.
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.
By now, you may suspect that insomnia is the reason you cannot get a peaceful snooze. Try the tips in this article to help you better cope with your symptoms. And, as always, check with a doctor anytime you have a sleep disturbance. He or she may be able to help.