If you're having trouble sleeping at the moment, I'm so glad you've landed here. I have all the information you need on insomnia and treatments to get you sleeping again as soon as possible.
In fact, I can tell you about one of the best treatments for insomnia I've ever come across. I wish I'd found this many years ago - I would have been able to help so many people!
I also have a whole list of strategies and tips on my page: Natural Sleep Remedies.
As a counsellor, when talking about how to treat insomnia, I'm glad that I can point people to a free and effective treatment to help to banish those sleepless nights.
Depending on how long you've been suffering from insomnia, you may or may not be ready to try this. So, be sure to visit my other pages on insomnia and treatments too (see links further down) to get all of the information you need to help you make an informed decision.
Firstly, why not start by taking this test on the BBC website before we look at how to deal with your insomnia.
If you already know what exactly insomnia is, you can of course skip this part. If you don't, then I hope this will help you to understand the difficulties you're having at the moment.
Insomnia is a symptom - not a disease - of all kinds of disorders, illness and problems. That means that the route to restful nights in the future lies in a very individual approach.
If you're suffering from insomnia, the quality and/or quantity of your sleep is poor. Here is what that entails:
There are two particular types of insomnia:
Insomnia - being a symptom - means that there is always something causing your sleep difficulties. Most of the time, if the underlying factor is sorted your sleeping pattern will improve - if not be cured altogether.
To find out what causes insomnia, hop over to my page on the physical effects of sleep deprivation (see links below). I'll be here when you come back.
Are you suffering from occasional insomnia? Have you recently experienced a trauma of some sort?
The good news is that what is called transient or intermittent insomnia, experienced following an identifiable cause, is usually easily treated.
The treatment of chronic insomnia requires a little more attention. We'd first need to explore exactly what your particular pattern of sleeplessness looks like.
Your doctor will want to know much more about your insomnia if you've had it for a long time. The following questions will help you gain more insight:
I just want to reassure you though... just because you've had sleep difficulties for a long time, this doesn't necessarily mean it's going to take longer to sort out. There are some really effective treatments for insomnia that can help you to get better, no matter how long you've been suffering.
Want to talk to someone about it in confidence?
You can speak with an online expert counsellor right now.
Your doctor will be (or should be) reluctant to prescribe sleeping tablets for your insomnia. Treatments that deal with the underlying problems are far more preferable.
Prescribed medication is unlikely to improve your sleep in the long term. Not only that, but sleeping tablets are addictive and withdrawal comes with its own difficulties and side effects too.
When you take sleeping tablets, your body becomes accustomed to the medication. It develops a 'tolerance' to it - in other words, it compensates for the presence of the drug in your bloodstream. As it does so, you begin to need a higher dosage of the medication to achieve the same effect.
Can you see that this makes sleeping tablets only suitable for a very short time? On top of that - 'the same effect' may include side effects that you'll be less enamoured with, such as (depending on the kind of medication): memory loss, daytime drowsiness, confusion and/or depression
These problems can lead to poor performance (at school or at work), problems at home and also interfere with your social life. They can lead to an increased risk of accidents due to the effect on your co-ordination and reaction speed.
In essence, these negative effects in many ways mean the medication doesn't counteract the original problems your insomnia was already causing you in the first place.
In addition you may suffer physical side effects:
I am naming just a few of the side effects here - I'm sure you can imagine (as with any medication) there are many more besides! But I can recommend some great herbal sleep remedies, so do take a look at the links at the end of this page for more info on this.
Any discussion about insomnia and it's treatment has to include advice on sleep hygiene. To help you with this, do make sure you follow all the sleep hygiene tips on these pages to give you the greatest chance of having the best possible night's sleep. You'll find another list on my page on natural sleep remedies (see links).
It is essential that you heed the following advice:
Now on the one of the best treatments for chronic lack of sleep I have seen...
The video clip below explains one of the best treatments for insomnia. It involves sleep restriction. It describes a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach for insomnia - all in 7 minutes flat!
The video shows a man - a longtime insomniac - absolutely at his wits' end. Within a month of starting the programme he's cured of his insomnia and treatment didn't include any medication.
Clearly it's going to take some effort on your part. However, I can assure you that your body clock will be reset, and you stand a very good chance of sleeping like a baby in less than a month's time! How good is that?
There is now good evidence that talking therapy is an excellent treatment for insomnia (see links below).
I'd urge you to deal with your insomnia by contacting a therapist, who can help you deal with any emotional problems that keep you awake at night. This is particularly important if you've been suffering from sleeplessness for over a month.
You owe it to yourself, but also to your partner - if indeed you are married or in a relationship. Your restlessness is very likely to have a negative effect on your partner too.
You can also speak with an online specialist immediately - right from my site.
I'd also recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor to rule out any physical problems, and then make a decision about what you're going to do to cure your insomnia.
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