Cures for Insomnia
Insomnia can be a real pain! It can be frustrating to feel tired and want to sleep, only to find yourself lying in bed counting sheep (and still not falling asleep). While brief periods of difficulty sleeping can be normal, extended periods of time leaving you unable to sleep can be a cause for concern. After all, we know how important sleep is and the lack of it can interfere with your daily activities.
According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep difficulties, like ongoing insomnia, should be discussed with your primary care physician or other sleep professional. “There are psychological and behavioral techniques that can be helpful for treating insomnia. Relaxation training, stimulus control, sleep restriction, and cognitive behavioral therapy are some examples.” Lets look into these techniques a little further to get you on your way to a better night’s sleep!
Relaxation training can refer to many different things such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, audio recordings and more! Next time you’re unable to sleep, try meditating or doing a relaxing yoga exercise to help relax your mind and your body. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you might try putting on some soft music or sound machine to allow your mind to shut down for the night.
Stimulus control is the practice of training your senses to only be in bed when you are tired. If you are sleepy, lie down. If you are not able to fall asleep within 20 minutes, get out of bed and leave the room. Come back once you are tired and try it again! This might seem silly, but training your body to use your bedroom for sleep only will help get you to be able to fall asleep faster once you lie down for the night.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is much like the sleep training we’ve discussed in earlier blogs. “CBT works to challenge unhealthy beliefs and fears around sleep and teach rational, positive thinking.” Like with most activities, it is best to have a schedule for sleeping. Keeping a regular bed time and wake time will help get your internal clock working for your benefit.
Lastly, if the above techniques aren’t working for you, your physical or sleep professional might recommend sleep aids (prescription or non-prescription) or alternative medicine.
It’s important to remember that schedules, therapies and medicine are only a part of helping you sleep better. One factor in helping you fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night, starts with the mattress that you are sleeping on. If insomnia is an issue, it might be time for a new mattress. Try a Yogabed Original Mattress and soon you won’t be counting sheep, instead you’ll be fast asleep!