Insomnia many of us have heard the term but do we understand what it means. It is the persons inability to sleep. If you are unable to sleep or sleep through the night more than a couple nights a week then the culprit might be insomnia. Do not be alarmed some lack of sleep is normal and it can happen for many reasons. Our sleep patterns are affected by our stress levels that stem from everyday life. We often don’t realize it but when we go home some of us bring home our work and stress from the day with us. I myself have been guilty of doing this in the past. Its a hard habit to break but its like everything else in life it requires work and discipline to ensure that things work as they should.
I had a little problem with insomnia in the past and it was no fun for me or my family to deal with. Sleep deprivation causes many problems from irritability to things as serious as accidents that can be severe enough to kill you. If you are a parent then you know all to well that regardless of how much sleep you do or don’t get you still are expected to show up to work when you are scheduled. If you don’t then you risk losing your employment and well I need not tell you that from there all that is left is financial worries and hardships. So what we do as adults is find a quick fix to get us through the day.
We drink stimulants such as coffee and we take over the counter remedies such as 5hour energy,red bull and many other items we see advertised on tv. The problem with this is that these are only a temporary fix to a potentially serious problem which we are not dealing with. It is important that we address the problem head on before it spirals out of control and we end up being in a situation that we could have easily avoided had we just invested a little time.
Sleep deprivation can be fought with good habits and a schedule. Here are a few things that you can try to do at home to attempt to combat insomnia. They are not a quick fix. They require consistency on your part. It also requires that you find the best combination that works for you. It can take a while before you see results if any at all it does not work for everyone in the same way.
Set a sleep schedule for yourself. Try to make sure that you are at least getting a good 6-8 hours of sleep daily if you can. Remove any and all stimulants from your bedroom that will keep you awake such as your television, radio and video games. Exercise is good but don’t do it right before you are going to bed. It can have the opposite effect that you want believe it or not. Avoid eating late night because this can cause you digestive distress. Make sure to eat several small meals through out the day to help you not feel hungry and eat when you shouldn’t be eating like late at night.Don’t wear uncomfortable clothes to bed which can constrict blood flow or movement. Keep your bedroom cool if you are too hot or too cold it will likely keep you awake. Clear your mind of things that cause negative stress. Think of either good things or things that kind of bore you so that you eventually are able to pass out. Some people even suggest that you engage in sexual intercourse because it drains the body of energy and it can relieve tension. If doing this consistently still yields no positive results after a few weeks of doing so seek professional help of a doctor.