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Can’t Sleep? Understanding Insomnia

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | October 4th, 2016

Lack of sleep is a huge problem for people from all walks of life. Not being able to sleep through the night can have implications for your waking life, your career and even your safety.

Men and women who do not get enough sleep may fall asleep behind the wheel, putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. They may also be inattentive at work, and that could put their careers in jeopardy. Experts agree that we need 8-9 hours of healthy sleep each night. If the duration of your own sleep is less than that, you could be suffering from insomnia.

What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia is a complicated problem, and many factors contribute to the lack of healthy refreshing sleep. Stress and anxiety are common causes of insomnia; the problems and fears associated with our jobs can creep into our night-time routines and wake us up in the middle of the night.

Caffeine consumption is another common cause of insomnia, and one that is easy to overlook. If you love a cup of coffee or a soda after dinner, you could unwittingly be making your insomnia problem worse. Switching to decaf or skipping that evening pop could make it easier to sleep through the night.

 

How to Relieve Insomnia

If you are suffering from insomnia, you want to solve the problem as soon as possible. Over time your sleep deficit will only get worse. Getting to the root of the problem is essential.

Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, can help you fall asleep and avoid waking in the middle of the night. Just choose a medicine that is not habit-forming and one with effects that do not linger into your waking hours.

 

Natural Treatments for Insomnia

While medications can cure insomnia, many sufferers prefer the natural approach. Sometimes the best way to treat insomnia is figuring out what is causing it. If the stress of your job is keeping you up at night, changing your work routine could make restful sleep easier to come by. If excessive caffeine is the culprit, cutting down on the coffee and other caffeinated beverages could cure your insomnia. Common cold medications often contain caffeine as well, so check the label carefully before popping a pill.

Proper sleep hygiene can also help cure your insomnia. Switching off your smartphone or keeping it in another room can reduce night-time distractions and help you get to sleep. Adding blinds or blackout curtains can help as well; simply making the room darker can make falling asleep and staying asleep easier.

Insomnia is a serious matter, and it is important to give it the attention it deserves. Understanding the causes of insomnia and the possible treatments can make it easier to get a good night’s sleep.

 

Author: Bonnie Conrad

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