In today’s fast paced society a lot of people suffer from insomnia, the inability to get enough adequate sleep. Fortunately, insomnia is not something you have to live with for the rest of your life. But curing insomnia can be a challenge which may require some life style changes.
There are many possible causes for insomnia. You should always try to figure out the cause, so you can fix the cause rather than the symptom, in this case insomnia. If your insomnia is caused by your life style, your best solution is to change your life style.
Things you should try avoid in order to cure insomnia are:
Don’t use sleeping pills or other medication to fall asleep. They are no long term solution and many of them have negative side effects. Note, never stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first.
Don’t drink coffee, or anything else containing caffeine, or alcohol in the evening. The former will make it more difficult to fall asleep while the latter will prevent you from getting the quality sleep you need.
No heavy meals in the evening. If your body is busy digesting food, you will not get the deep sleep needed to feel refreshed.
Don’t let the clock decide when you go to bed. If you are not tired, do not go to bed. Read a book or listen to some peaceful music until you are feeling sleepy.
Don’t worry about what may happen tomorrow. Decide to worry about the future tomorrow. And you can’t change the past, so don’t be upset about what happened during the day.
Don’t sleep during the day. If you sleep during the day, you will have trouble falling asleep in the evening. If you feel tired during the day, go for a walk and get some fresh air.
Things you should do to cure your insomnia are:
Exercise, if possible on a daily basis. It can be as simple as a 30 minute brisk walk. Also, avoid heavy exercises late in the evening. Your body needs time to cool down afterwards.
Make sure that you have a good sleeping environment. Your bedroom should have a comfortable bed and be cool, dark and quit.
Create your own bedtime procedure. You need to cool down and start relaxing before going to bed, you may want to try a simple relaxation exercise. By doing the same procedure every evening you program your brain to start cooling down.
Listen to special audio CDs that will tell your brain to slow down. You can re-program your brain and teach it to prepare for sleep.