Falling asleep and staying asleep require different strategies. Falling asleep is really about setting the stage. For most that means switching off lights, electronics, computers, and phones.
There are many reasons for starting this as early in the night or day as possible. Bright light, for instance, suppresses the body’s natural production of melatonin which can help jumpstart sleepiness.
Electromagnetic energy is another possible sleep stressor that acts on the internal wiring of the brain. Frequencies emanating from cell phones tell the body the party is just getting started! The first step is to unplug.
Most of us don’t realize that people normally take about 45 minutes to fall asleep. So, setting a proper routine before bed is crucial.
That includes breathing exercises, mediation, calming teas or a warm bath. Wearing loose-fitting clothing and a dose of fresh air help to clear the mind. Many of us are in the habit of putting together lists while we lay in bed, which is a chore best done hours before bed.
Our body also tends to like lower temperatures before we go to sleep but no one likes having cold feet, so find the right balance.
If you do have cold feet wear socks (and this is also where a warm bath can do wonders). The cooling effect right after you get out of a bath is another sign for the brain to relax.
Certain scents, like lavender if they are combined with relaxing soft light or sounds can also trigger subconscious relaxation responses.
Insomnia has many causes and most people realize they have it or self-diagnose when they are suffering. Most commonly someone with insomnia has difficulty falling or staying asleep although in some cases the condition is diagnosed because patients awake poorly rested.
Most common triggers include stress, anxiety or depression. But it can also be a combination of factors building throughout the day, such as anger or even grief.
Some simple triggers can also be quickly addressed, such as excessive alcohol or caffeine intake, lack of exercise or over stimulation before bedtime. In some cases, it can be a clue to an underlying condition such as a thyroid disorder.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments, medications and supplements which can be helpful.
Many women find relief from insomnia with natural approaches which support natural sleep patterns including the the use of supplements
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If you think you might be suffering with insomnia,
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