Cures for Insomnia

21 January, 2019

Tired of spending your nights tossing and turning and counting sheep? Ok, it’s high time you accepted that you have a sleeping problem and that you need to find a solution. First of all, rest assured that you are not the only one undergoing sleepless nights.

With modern lifestyles, insomnia is on the rise globally and refers to the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night, resulting in getting up un-refreshed in the mornings. Insomnia isn’t exactly a sleep disorder but is a symptom of some other problem which can lead to other serious health issues. The causes of insomnia differ from person to person and their cure varies accordingly. By taking care of these underlying problems – be they medical problems or emotional problems – and making small changes to your daily habits, you just might succeed in getting over your insomnia issues.

Triggers for insomnia could be due to something as simple as taking caffeine at the wrong time of the day, carrying your worries to bed, or complex like being due to some underlying chronic disease. The silver lining in the treatment of insomnia is that in most cases you don’t have to resort to medications. Here are some treatment options for insomnia:

Behavioural and lifestyle changes

To fall asleep, your mind needs to be relaxed. If you are the kind who takes your worries to bed, you need to make some behavioural changes to improve the quality of your sleep. One way of treating insomnia is through relaxation exercises which work by providing progressive muscle relaxation through:

  • Breathing exercises for relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery for relaxation

Cognitive behavioural therapy

is a form of counselling therapy which teaches you to deal with interrupted sleep problems. Choosing to think positively can also have an impact on insomnia.

Lifestyle changes

are also useful in helping you sleep better. This includes changing your sleeping area, keeping regular bedtimes and wake-up times, avoiding naps and watching your food and drink habits before bedtime.

Medicine

Pills taken over a short term can help you get some much-needed sleep, but in the long run, behaviour and lifestyle changes is what’s going to cure your insomnia. Medications aren’t the first line of treatment for insomnia and doctors rarely recommend it. Some of these medications even cause low blood pressure, nausea and anxiety, aside from dependence.

Complementary medicines

Two common ones available in the form of dietary supplements include melatonin, a hormone produced by the brain, and Valerian, a safe herbal sleep remedy.

But whatever you do, don’t turn to alcohol as a sleep-inducer!