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Can’t Sleep? Four Easy Steps You Can Take

by other on October 4, 2011

Is getting enough sleep a challenge for you?

Whether your problem lies with falling asleep or staying asleep, there are things you can do to counteract the problem. Believe it or not, lots of people have problems with not being able to get a full night’s sleep. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to both your physical and mental health, so it’s essential to find a way to get sufficient rest. There are a variety of ways to improve the quality of your sleep, and this article will introduce you to a few of the best methods.

Turn off the television long before you go to bed. The same goes for watching YouTube videos on your computer. Give your mind a rest from your devices during the last that you’re up. Sound without images is not the same thing, so if you want to listen to music or an audiobook on your iPod, that’s fine. When you watch something active on a screen, though, you’re stimulating your brain and nervous system. Some people can just go from TV to sleeping in an instant, but these aren’t usually the kind of people who are prone to insomnia. So set aside a quiet, or at least image-free, hour before bed. The second tip is pretty much common sense also. Don’t eat a big, heavy meal right before you go to bed. Not only will a heavy meal cause all sorts of pandemonium in your intestinal tract, it will raise the sugar level in your blood and brain, making it hard to relax and settle down to sleep. When your body has a load of heavy foods to digest, it will use up a lot of your available energy to do so. At the same time, if you have gone to bed, you may have such undesirable side effects as a stomach ache or heartburn. If you really need to eat something before bedtime, be creative and make yourself a healthy snack that isn’t overwhelming for your body to digest.
There are many sleep aids that you can buy over-the-counter; you should avoid taking these. If you feel you have to get some kind of medication to get relief from your insomnia, it’s time to see a doctor. Quite a few people fall into the trap of starting to take OTC sleep aids “temporarily” and it turns into a habit they can’t break. Once you start depending on pills (or liquid) to sleep, you may find that, without them, you are completely unable to sleep. Don’t think that just because you don’t need a prescription for a drug that it’s safe or not habit forming. Traditional folk remedies are often safer and more effective in the long run than over-the-counter (or even prescription) drugs, but be sure to check out anything you take, as even some herbs have side effects and contraindications. The fourth thing you can do – and this is very important – is to realize that this will pass. It’s not usually something that will plague you your whole life. There are a lot of steps that you can take to increase your chances of falling and staying asleep each night. Most of these are home or folk remedies but if they don’t work, talk to your doctor. A doctor can help you figure out if you need something stronger like a sleep medication. Whatever happens don’t give up: sleep can be yours! An expat takes a bus trip to Cebu City.

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