Insomnia, the inability to get enough adequate sleep, is a common sleeping disorder that affects both males and females, although studies have found that women are more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. For some people, curing insomnia may require life style changes but it is well worth it. The quality of your life will improve if you know how to get rid of insomnia.
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 rely on sleeping pills or other drugs. 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.
No caffeine or alcohol in evening and limit your daily consumption. 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.