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 natural insomnia cures to get you sleeping again.
Do also have a look at my article: Natural Sleep Remedies.
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, illnesses 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:
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.
Are you suffering from occasional sleeplessness? Have you recently experienced a trauma of some sort or are you going through a particularly difficult time in your life?
The good news is that what's 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 have many questions to discover the precise nature of your problem. So, to help him or her help you...
I just want to reassure you, though... just because you've had sleep problems 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.
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You can connect with a professional, licensed therapist right now. It's very easy to start. Click the link for my page with further information.
Your doctor will be (or should be) reluctant to prescribe sleeping tablets. He or she has a choice of the following categories:
I can understand if you don't like the sound of those!
Prescribed medication is unlikely to improve your sleep in the long term (though it can be helpful during a crisis). 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. You become addicted to the sleeping tablets, and withdrawal from them comes with its own difficulties.
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 coordination and reaction speed.
In addition you may suffer the following physical side effects:
I'm 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 natural cures - see my article on natural sleep remedies.
Just in case you’re not familiar with general sleep hygiene, I’d love you to have a look at the list below with tips for better sleep. This is the kind of advice you’d get from any sleep clinic.
Any discussion about sleeplessness has to include the following advice...
Pick and choose a combination of the above natural ways to get to sleep to help you sleep better.
Now onto one of the best treatments for chronic lack of sleep I have seen...
Aspartame is a vile product - a neurotoxin (it kills neurons - your nerve cells!). It accounts for 75% of reports to the FDA about adverse reactions to a food additive. Aspartame is the generic name for Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-Measure.
If you're drinking soda or diet drinks and/or eating specific products developed to 'help' with weight management, then you're ingesting Aspartame.
You can read more about the toxic effects on Dr Mercola's website. I'll just mention here that the side effects can cause insomnia, depression, anxiety and sleep problems!
I'm sure that after reading Dr Mercola's page you'll have no problems motivating yourself to eliminate this chemical from your diet.
The video below 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 was cured.
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 a professional, licensed therapist - right from my site (click the link for further information).
I'd also recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor to rule out any physical problems. Then decide what you're going to do to cure your insomnia (it must, of course, include tackling its underlying problems). You have plenty of options - so pick whatever you want to try first, and get started right away!
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