Insomnia, I Can’t Sleep Just Thinking About It!!!

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Do you count sheep at night? Does sleep elude you?  I personally suffer from horrible insomnia.  I can’t sleep at night just thinking about it!  Seriously, I lay in bed and think about falling to sleep and when I cannot I then get anxious about my lack of sleep and a vicious circle is created. Night after night I seem to fight insomnia, never ever winning the battle.  I have tried everything from sleeping pills, relaxation tapes and music, new pillows, and so on and so on……..Nothing helps.

I recently have had the pleasure of working with the great folks at Brain Reference and they have shared their knowledge of insomnia with me and all of you through the following article. If I help just one of you get some rest and a better night’s sleep then I will be happy. Please let me know what you think and if this has helped you!

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Saying Good Night to Insomnia

If you’re one of those people who spend hours tossing and turning till the crack of dawn, when you either fall into a fitful sleep or decide that there’s no use tormenting yourself anymore and you might as well get up, then you know how painful and tiresome this experience can be. Even more so if this is something you have to deal with night after night and the few hours of sleep you occasionally get leave you more groggy and sluggish than if you hadn’t slept at all.
Though not precisely a disease per se, many view insomnia as an epidemic of the modern world, which affects more than 30% of the world population. Causes are endless, ranging from environmental factors (the neighbors’ dog barking, extreme temperatures, being in a new place) to stress, anxiety, worries, unhealthy habits, medications, health conditions and the list can go on.
Regardless of the cause, insomnia affects your mood, your social interactions, your productivity at work, your physical and mental health – virtually all aspects of your life. Though there’s no guaranteed treatment against it and no cure that will work the same for everyone, there are still some steps one can take to improve if not the quantity, at least the quality of sleep:
Try going to sleep at the same hour every day
If you have a hectic job and, let’s face it, most people do nowadays, then circumstances are far from ideal and it’s unlikely your daily schedule is always the same, but keeping a consistent sleep and rising hour goes a long way in establishing a healthy sleep cycle. Ideally, you’ll stick to it even on vacation, but I completely understand the occasional need to slip.
Stay away from coffee in the afternoon!
Although caffeine affects everyone differently, it’s not a good idea to consume it after noon. Same goes for black tea and green tea.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Both alcohol and smoking impair sleep quality. Having a glass of wine at dinner might make you fall asleep initially, but it’s bound to disrupt your sleep later in the night. Nicotine, on the other hand, is a known stimulant that can cause not only insomnia, but also numerous other health problems, so you’d be doing yourself a great favor by quitting smoking.
Don’t exercise before sleep
Daily exercising, as healthy and recommended it may be, should be done during the day. An evening stroll in the park can work wonders for your sleep, but working out right before bedtime stimulates your heart, brain and muscles and isn’t conducive to good rest.
Don’t eat late and keep it frugal!
Eating before bed can interfere with sleep, weight control and overall health. However, going to bed hungry won’t help you rest, either. The best option you have is a combination of carbohydrates and protein, such as cereal and milk. If the milk is also warm, it’s almost guaranteed to help you sleep better.
Prepare your bedroom for sleep
Keep your bedroom well-ventilated at all times, lower the temperature of the room before going to sleep, turn off the light and get rid of any distractions (no TV or computer in the bedroom!).

If these steps don’t help
If these simple steps aren’t enough to help you get a good night’s rest, at least once in a while, Mother Nature might also lend you a helping hand. Herbal remedies are a safe alternative to prescription drugs, without any of the negative effects. Many people vouch for the calmness and sleep inducing effects of the pills and tinctures containing Valerian. However, keep in mind that a specific treatment won’t have the same effects on everyone and it is recommended to ask for a medical opinion beforehand.

 

This article was prepared on behalf of Joan’s 5 Star Reviews by BrainReference.com. All thoughts and opinions belong to myself. This post is meant for informative purposes only and is not a substitute for medical care.