Tips on Fighting Insomnia

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Getting enough sleep is important to be more energetic and productive during the day when we perform our daily duties at work, at home, at school—or anywhere else we spend our precious time.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to sleep right away—some of us have trouble dozing off while the rest of the world is already asleep.

“Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is turned off—insomnia can be a problem with either part of this cycle: too much wake drive or too little sleep drive). It’s important to first understand what could be causing your sleep difficulties,” shared sleepfoundation.org through the short article titled What is Insomnia?

And while there are people who struggle to live with such condition, there are those who accepted the fact that they just have to live with insomnia and just seek ways to deal with this problem. For instance, Miguel, who works as a high school teacher, shared how he uses luxury bed linen and sort-of hotel pillow just to make sure he will be sleeping comfortably and peacefully in his own bed, “I read somewhere that one cannot sleep in a room that is too cluttered, dirty, and disorderly. So I make sure everything is taken care of before I go to bed. I don’t watch TV an hour before my bed time. No laptops too. My linen, pillows, and blanket are all smooth, some even made of silk, because I am really particular with texture. There are still days that I can’t sleep until 2 a.m. or worst until 7 a.m. but I have managed to get through these sleepless nights by going to the doctor and learning more about my condition.”

Dianne, a flight attendant, also struggled with insomnia for quite a while, “I drink milk, I count sheep, I take a bath before going to bed. Lately, I learned how lavender scent can calm my nerves too so I get to sleep earlier. I also try massage. I don’t want to drink sleeping pills because I am afraid of the side effects.”

Getting as much sun on your skin during the day, said Myra, is one way to make sure  that your body will recognize the right sleeping time at night, “The reason why some people can’t fall asleep early is that they’ve been inside offices or schools for too long during the day that they don’t get enough sunlight. If you suffer from insomnia, making sure that you get enough sunlight is very important.”

Our eating and drinking habits may also be the reason why we suffer from insomnia said the article 7 Surprising Causes of Insomnia by Sarah Klein as posted at huffingtonpost.com, “Despite your best intentions, you may be consistently sabotaging your own sleep with what you eat and drink close to bedtime. Experts recommend cutting out caffeine at least six hours before hitting the hay. Keep in mind that caffeine is also present in surprising places, like chocolate and even decaf coffee. Alcohol, while initially helpful in falling asleep, can wake you up later in the night. And a big, heavy meal too close to bedtime can be too taxing on your digestive system for you to nod off easily or may also result in heartburn, which can certainly keep you awake.”