In this ever-changing world, insomnia is growing rapidly, therefore insomnia tips are of growing importance. Our need to keep up with our fast-paced lifestyle can sometimes be very demanding. Statistics show that approximately 60 million people in the U.S alone suffer from insomnia. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 40 percent of those affected are women and 30 percent are men, with young children and teenageers making up the remaining 30%.
Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience insomnia. Whether you’re a chronic insomniac or are just having trouble finding sleep once in a while, here are some insomnia tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Consider taking herbs as a natural remedy for insomnia. Corydalis, Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Hops Flowers and Chamomile are well- known herbs for aiding in a good night’s sleep. Herbal sleep aids are an excellent choice if you suffer from insomnia. They can be taken as tablets, pills or capsules, infusions (essentially boiling the herbs in hot water to make a tea) or tinctures (where alcohol is used to extract the herbs’ beneficial properties). They can also be used externally as with essential oils, or a few drops can be added to your bath or on your pillow.
- As the main causes of insomnia are stress, depression and anxiety, hypnosis is often employed as a popular preventative measure.
- Sometimes insomnia can be caused by other sleep disorders such as snoring, restless leg syndrome, night cramps, sleep apnea or bruxism (teeth grinding). If this is the case, these disorders should be treated first to see if they are the cause of the insomnia.
- If you are already suffering from severe lack of sleep, one of the best things you can do is to replenish certain nutrients in your body by taking vitamin B complex, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C and vitamin D.
- Medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimers, cancer, asthma, hypertension, rheumatism, epilepsy, emphysema, and Parkinsons can all be the cause of insomnia.
- Medications can also be the cause of insomnia since they can cause a disruption in your sleep cycle. Antidepressants are a common culprit. Drinking alcohol, taking sedatives and other drugs, and even overworking yourself can also affect your sleeping habits and lead to bouts of insomnia.
Before you go and look for a ‘cure’ to your sleepless nights, try first to find the cause of them. Then do whatever you can to eliminate the cause. Speak to your doctor first, but for most people, their situations can be remedied without taking prescription sleeping pills. As with any type of drug – natural or otherwise – consult your physician so that you’re not endangering your health or safety. Even some herbal remedies can have an adverse effect when combined with other medications.