Insomnia; a frustrating condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep, or in many cases difficult to stay asleep, or even both. It seems to be on the increase as life gets busier and people find it difficult to switch off at night. It can reduce your energy levels, play havoc with your working life and affect your mood and your health in a serious way. For a anyone who suffers from the condition, it’s a big deal and they’ll often go to any length to try and find a solution!
Most adults need around eight hours of sleep each night; although it does vary from person to person and shortage of sleep over a long period of time can really begin to take its toll. Of course we will all experience insomnia at some point in our lives and events which cause emotional upset can disturb our sleep patterns but usually correct themselves after a time. Likewise certain medications can also affect our sleep so talk to your doctor to find out if it’s possible to change to another type with less effect on your sleep pattern.
It can sometimes help to make small changes to everyday life to get our bodies back into a rhythm, so try to do 20-30 minutes of exercise each day but not just before going to bed. Caffeine can affect sleep so make sure you don’t drink coffee after lunch to allow it to clear out of your body in time. Avoid large meals late in the evening to allow your body time to digest it before you try to sleep. Make sure your bedroom is at the correct temperature and consider fixing a blackout blind at the window to block out the light.
On the other hand, if you’ve tried the usual suggestions and are still looking for a way to get to sleep, one recommended way of promoting sleep is to use a hot tub for fifteen minutes or so, perhaps an hour before you go to bed. Speaking to Aqua Warehouse on this, they commented. “Hot tubs are effective in helping you relax and can also help to relieve pain if that is what’s stopping you from sleeping. The consistent warmth and gentle massage jets help to prepare your body for sleep and have proved to be a huge help for many people in overcoming their insomnia.”
At the end of the day, you’ll always find a solution and resorting to medication generally isn’t the best approach, however you need to accept that it can often take time to find the best way for you and that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another! Keep persevering and in time, you’ll find something which works for you and be able to focus on the positives of finally getting a great night’s sleep not just once but every night!