Finding Relief for Insomnia
Finding Relief for Insomnia – Optimal Sleep Patterns last for seven to eight hours and typically begin around 10 PM.
It has been scientifically discovered that when we sleep our bodies strengthen their immune systems and regenerate cells and tissues in our organs.
This process typically lasts for about five hours. This is where insomnia sufferers have the problem. It’s well known that the body needs at least four hours of solid sleep to get the recharge that it needs.
If you’re unable to maintain sleep for that period of time, then you’re simply unable to receive the necessary benefits of sleep.
As a sufferer of insomnia, I can remember how it was when I was in bad shape and not getting sleep for weeks on end.
Nobody wanted to be around me because I was so irritable all the time. I couldn’t focus at work because my mind was just too scrambled.
I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I also knew that laying there was going to do me no good either…I wouldn’t be able to sleep. It was just awful.
It’s one of the most miserable feelings in the world, being this tired and not being able to do anything about it, but it can go beyond just misery and not being happy. Insomnia, if untreated for long enough can cause death.
Our bodies NEED rest. It’s not just something that is desirable. Just as body builders have to rest their muscles after they work out, so must we allow our minds and bodies to rest after the stress of the day.
When we go for a long enough period of time without it, our minds will actually reach a point where they will just shut down and cease to function.
When I found this out, it scared me and made me realize that I had to do something about it, or just being miserable was only going to be the beginning.
So, I started doing the research and reading and figuring out this condition and what I could do about it.
There are many factors that come into play when dealing with insomnia and many of them will be life changes that you’ll be required to make.
Something that you need to understand is that your insomnia problem is a very serious one and you’re going to have to be willing to do battle with it.
Simply reading this report and being mindful of it isn’t going to cure you of this condition. Knowledge is a big part of the battle, but action is what’s required for you to truly beat this and start getting the sleep that you need.
Now that we understand the types of insomnia, let’s take a look at some of the causes of it. This is the logical place to start and you should be able to identify with some of these causes. I invite you to write it down in a notebook.
Don’t trust your memory on this. If you’re an insomniac, it might not work all that well and you’ll need this information later.
I remember not being able to sleep and trying anything that I could. I cut out caffeine, took sleeping pills, made my room as dark as I could, but none of it gave me anymore than temporary relief.
Let’s take a look at what some of the more common causes for insomnia are.
Anxiety and stress
We all know that stress can kill you. This is one of the methods by which it does so. When you suffer from anxiety and stress, you’re always wound up and tense. This slowly erodes your health and parts of your body shut down.
If you live with unmanageable stress in your life, then you never are able to fully relax and this can have dramatic ill effects…one of those is that you can’t sleep and it’s no wonder.
When you lie down to go to sleep, the main thing that you’re trying to accomplish with this is relaxing. If you’re able to relax, chances are, you’ll fall asleep, but if you’re all keyed up and tense, you’re probably lying in bed with your mind racing and your jaw clenched. It’s just not going to work out for you.
Be careful when assessing if this is the real problem or if insomnia is what is actually causing the stress. It’s a which came first, the chicken or the egg kind of thing, but it’s important to make the distinction of what is causing your insomnia.
If your room is too hot or cold this will make sleep a little tougher on anyone and it’s even worse with insomniacs. Make sure that your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature when you sleep but more importantly, make sure that the temperature doesn’t vary throughout the night. Your body will be alert to this and signal you to wake up if your room gets too hot or cold.
Light in your bedroom is a bigger cause than people might think when it comes to insomnia. While some people can sleep better in a dark room, just as many others sleep better with just a little bit of light in the room.
Play around with the lighting in your bedroom and see if you can find something that helps you to sleep more soundly. Often times something as small as having some light coming in under the door can make a difference and you’ll sleep better.
Diet is as important to having a balanced body as sleep is, and some of your problems could stem from your diet. There are many conditions that can be almost completely resolved by changing your diet and what you eat.
With insomnia however, you’ll want to pay more attention to when you eat more than what you eat. Eating late at night before you go to bed triggers your body to “wake up” so that it can start burning the calories that you’ve taken in.
This causes your cortisol level to increase and takes your body out of the mode that it needs to be in to provide you with proper sleep.
The main thing you need to look out for with regards to what you eat would be caffeine. Caffeine as we all know is a stimulant. It keeps you awake and alert. Obviously, you don’t want to drink coffee or soda before you go to bed as that will have the opposite effect from relaxing you and getting you ready for slumber.
Even if you stop drinking caffeinated drinks a couple of hours before you go to bed, but you have been drinking them all day, your body will still be wound up from all of the caffeine.
Caffeine isn’t necessarily bad, but like most things it needs to be in moderation. Cut down on it some and see if that helps.
Snoring is very annoying to those who are trying to sleep with a loud snorer, but can also be a significant contributor to your insomnia problem as well. Many insomniacs have been surprised when they find out that it is their snoring that actually wakes them up.
This is tough to diagnose since you don’t even know that you’re doing it.
Many people are actually able to start themselves awake from their powerful snores. Once this is discovered, there are treatments that will make this much better.
This is a pretty obvious one, but if you’re working a night shift, it’s tough for your body to be able to shut down during the day light hours to allow you to get the sleep that you need.
Most studies have indicated that people typically have no less than two of these triggers that are causing their lack of sleep.
You’ve probably already started to recognize what some of your triggers are from reading the list above and that’s good. You’re going to have to determine all of the factors that are affecting your sleep pattern if you ever hope to return to getting rest and sleep when you need it.
Lets take a closer look at all of this and see if we can find something that will get you back to sleeping well. It will take some work, but if you’re willing to apply yourself to this, I have no doubt that you can get this thing beat and get back to normal.
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