Thursday, January 18, 2007

Finding An Insomnia Cure by Michelle Bery

Insomnia – the inability to fall or stay asleep – has likely held each of us in its grip at one time or another. Tossing and turning the whole night through, we finally succumb to whatever fitful nugget of sleep we can find and awaken the next day feeling disoriented and exhausted. Insomnia can wreak havoc on our overall health, making us susceptible to a host of illnesses – and rendering us ineffectual during waking hours.

Finding an insomnia cure is a very personal journey. Certain things that may work for one person, may not work for another. It’s best when seeking an insomnia cure to begin adopting lifestyle changes one at a time to ascertain what works best for you, if anything. Luckily, there are many ways to combat insomnia and enjoy a good night’s rest.

Many times, insomnia becomes a bit of a habit. If you have several nights of tossing and turning, then often your bed becomes associated with this fitful lack of sleep. Changing the environment may help to break the cycle and redefine your bed as a place of rest. Eliminate all wakeful activities in the bedroom including watching television, reading, and working. Make the bed somewhere you go for sleep and go there only when you’re feeling tired. Darken the room, change the sheets and blankets to make them more comfortable and conducive to changing temperatures, and add soothing music or white noise if that’s something that induces sleep.

Remember that your insomnia cure is personal; if something doesn’t work, eliminate it and move on to something else. But more often than not, changes to your daily routine will often bring about an insomnia cure. Try other pre-bed activities to set the mood for sleep – yoga, stretching, meditation, or breathing exercises; a cup of warm decaffeinated tea; or a hot bath. And try to keep the times you’re turning in and waking up consistent day to day so that your body develops an internal clock of its own.

If you find that you are still having difficulty falling and staying asleep, then it may be wise to visit your doctor for an evaluation. There are many over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids that will help in you in the short term if you are experiencing stress or other emotional factors. It may not be a long term insomnia cure but it will help you get your needed rest in the meantime.

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