Insomnia seems to strike when you least expect it. When you already feel badly enough not to sleep, it seems like a cruel fate that insomnia brings with it side effects including additional stress and anxiety. Put a stop to the insanity by learning all you can from the text below.
If you haven’t tried aromatherapy for your insomnia yet, go shopping! Purchase some potpourri or some candles that have soothing and soft scents that you can put near the bed. Aromatherapy is a known winner in stress reduction and busting up insomnia. Sleep can come more easily when light scents like lavender are used.
Trypophan, found in many foods, can make you drowsy. If you consume foods containing this prior to heading off to bed, you will find that sleep comes easier. Food such as cottage cheese, warm milk, cashews, eggs, and turkey all have tryptophan in them. If you choose milk, be sure to warm it as the cold will not work.
Stop taking naps. If you take a nap during the day, you are going to have a harder time going to sleep and staying asleep at night. When you cut out your nap, you will find that you have a better time remaining asleep when you go to sleep for the night.
Your bed should be comfortable. Use pillows as necessary and wash your linen regularly. Check the temperature in your bedroom before you go to sleep. You may have more difficulty sleeping in a room that is either too hot or too cold. Open a window for fresh air or get a fan for air circulation.
There are many medications that can cause insomnia. Some of these include: antidepressants, diet pills, medications that contain caffeine, such as Midol, diuretics, thyroid and medications for hypertension. If you are suffering from insomnia, and take any medications, ask your doctor, or pharmacist, if any of ther may be causing your insomnia.
If your insomnia symptoms are getting worse, you should consider cognitive therapy. This lets you identify exactly what thoughts and beliefs are causing you to lose sleep. Cognitive therapy is also helpful for learning about age-related sleep norms and changes.
Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeinated beverages six hours before you plan on going to bed. Drink decaffeinated beverages, or have herbal teas that have soporific effects. Don’t eat treats full of sugar before bed either; doing so can give you an unwanted jolt of energy.
Do not spend ten hours sleeping. There is no way to catch up on lost sleep. Only sleep the number of hours that you need to feel refreshed. If you sleep more than that, you may actually be causing yourself problems for the next night of sleep. Set an alarm if you need to.
You must help yourself stay healthy by getting enough sleep every night. If you follow the tips above, you should be able to retrain your body into getting a good night’s sleep from now on. The effort you put in will be repaid through night after night of deep, restful sleep.