Thursday, 20 August 2009

tips that may reduce or eliminate your insomnia and sleep problems

A sleeping disorder is called “insomnia” and generally involves regular problems with either falling asleep or staying asleep.

There are numerous causes of insomnia including stimulants such as caffeine psychoactive drugs, some medications, herbs, cocaine, ephedrine, amphetamines and life changes such as the menopause. Lifestyle changes such as moving home or job and upsetting events such as death of a loved one or the breakdown of a relationship can all be the reason someone is experiencing problems with getting to sleep.

Stress or worry of any sort may lead to a broken night’s sleep and if not remedied may lead to a pattern or habit of disturbed sleep.

If you believe you have insomnia, in other words or consistently unable to enjoy the sleep pattern you are used to it would be wise to talk to your medical practitioner.

Here are some tips that may reduce or eliminate your insomnia and sleep problems:-

1) Deal with the cause – if something is worrying you, find some help to deal with it. Taking responsibility to remedy the cause of the sleep problems is likely to lead to a re-establishment of your normal sleep habit.

2) Do something about stress – either resolve the cause of the stress or find a way of handling the stress. This might be through the use of a self hypnosis cd or mp3 download specifically for insomnia.

3) Exercise helps – physical exercise not only releases endorphins which help relax us and lifts the mood it also uses up the bodies energy encouraging it seek rest in the form of sleep.

4) Bedroom priority – keep the bedroom (if possible) for sleep and love-making only. If you do this you will strengthen the mental association between the bedroom and sleep.

5) Do it today – try not to leave unfinished business hanging over you at the end of the day. If you can complete all the tasks you need to do by the end of the day.

6) Sleep diary – it can be a good idea to write down your sleep patterns and exactly how many hours sleep you do get. You may be doing better than you think you are.

7) Eat sensibly – don’t eat a heavy meal late at night. Your body needs to process your last meal and will keep active. Try to leave two hours between eating and sleeping.

8) Don’t count sheep – don’t use this old idea for helping you sleep as it is an analytical process. It is better to recall some old holiday experience or any other time you were able to relax such as a visit to the beach or countryside.

There are many self help tactics and other helpful tips to resolve your insomnia and enjoy and good night’s sleep again. Although all of them do not work for everyone, some can just be enough to make a big difference and end your insomnia.

Incidentally you are not alone. Most people will suffer from sleep disturbance, insomnia or a sleep disorder during some part of the their. The trick is to do something about it sooner rather than later.

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