Insomnia affects many people, and can really change the way we live our lives, leaving us unmotivated, depressed and even ill. This website gives you info on the various cures for insomnia, written by an ex insomniac (me!)
Cures For Insomnia – What Insomnia Does To You
Adults should sleep between seven and nine hours every night – exactly how much varies from person to person. Lack of sleep has a dramatic impact on health. Chronic insomnia over long periods of time can contribute to obesity, depression, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems and even diabetes. It is a major problem for nearly everyone at one time or another.
Happily, there are numerous very effective cures for insomnia and lifestyle changes to help you get a long and restorative period of sleep. I’ve tried most of the cures going and now I’m writing about it, so you can save time and money and make the most of my experience!
Cures for Insomnia – Sleep Hygiene
Good sleep hygiene includes establishing a relaxing evening routine built around promoting the natural sleep cycle. Establishing and keeping to a regular sleeping schedule provides a great cure for sleeplessness.
Caffeine should be avoided, as should any other stimulant. Tobacco and alcohol should also be avoided. Alcohol may initially improve sleepiness, but it disturbs the quality of the sleep. A moderate room temperature, darkness and quiet are often helpful for sleep.
Cures for Insomnia – Pharmaceutical
Over-the-counter Cures For Insomnia range from the simple to the more complex. Antihistamine-based medications such as diphenhydramine have a sedative effect. As such, they’re often recommended by doctors as a kinder, gentler sleep aid. Over-the-counter sleeping aids created specifically for insomnia include doxylamine.
Whilst I have had some success in temporarily treating insomnia with OTCs, it’s important to remember that these do not treat the cause of insomnia, merely the symptoms. Also they can be addictive and do have side effects. To find out more about the pros and cons why not read the article I’ve written about Over the counter sleeping aids.
Cures for Insomnia – Natural Remedies
Most chronic insomnia is caused by a problem with pineal-gland neurotransmitters. For instance, an increase in serotonin triggers an increase in melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone your body releases at night to help regulate your sleep cycle. Therefore, melatonin supplements can be an effective sleep aid for some people. Find out more about taking melatonin for sleep.
Tryptophan is an amino acid which naturally occurs in protein. It can be found in milk products, turkey, chicken, eggs and some fish species. This may be why warm milk is sometimes useful as a sleep aid. L-tryptophan supplements can also promote sleep.
Valerian, passion flower, chamomile, kava kava, St. John’s Wort, dog wood, hops, lavender, wild lettuce and Californian poppy seeds are some natural and herbal remedies that promote sleep. A tea made with sleep-promoting herbs will often help in relaxing the body before bedtime. Why not take a look at the page I’ve written detailing all the best natural remedies for insomnia that I have found through experience.
Hypnosis and other mp3s to Cure Sleeplessness
Another option for a non-chemical sleep aid is one of the many effective hypnosis and meditation CDs. They range from extensive subliminal therapy for insomnia to brainwave technology that promotes normal deep sleep states. There are hypnotic trance state CDs to stimulate sleep. There are also more general relaxation oriented CDs. Something as simple as playing an audio white noise or ambient sound CD before or during bedtime can be helpful.
I’ve tried lots of cds and mp3s and recently came across one that is really excellent, which I have given to friends and family members who also suffer from sleeplessness – here is one of the best sleep aids I know of.
Cures for Insomnia – Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Treatment
One of the medical conditions that is a common cause of insomnia or daytime fatigue, is sleep apnea. This condition, if left untreated can be very serious or even fatal. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s airways become blocked while sleeping, leading to seconds or even minutes without breathing.
Some people with sleep apnea wake up gasping for breath, but many are unaware that they have the condition. If you feel tired in the daytime a lot, and/or are told that you snore heavily, this is a sign that you may be suffering from this treatable but serious condition.
To find out if you are suffering from this, you can read my article about the sleep apnea symptoms. A CPAP device is a breathing apparatus commonly given to people with this condition, but many people dislike it, so if you want to find out about the various solutions, take a look at my article (and ebook) on sleep apnea treatments.
Cures for Insomnia – Conclusion
There’s no reason to lose sleep over choosing a method to cure your insomnia. There are many effective steps, supplements, herbs, medications and technologies to have you nodding off in no time.