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Natural Ways To Fight Insomnia

Updated on October 18, 2010

fight insomnia the natural way

Getting enough sleep is important to help ward of disease, keep extra weight off, decrease forgetfulness and and keep you looking young, among many other things. Experts say getting eight hours of sleep is optimal for daily functioning.

There are three types of insomnia. The first one is when you have problems getting to sleep. The second one is when you have problems staying asleep and the third is when you can fall asleep, but then wake up too early.

Stress is a main cause of insomnia. With today's economic state, and the stress we Americans feel from it, it's no wonder that most of us suffer from insomnia.

But, not to worry. There are many things we can do to help fall and stay asleep. Let's look at some natural things you can do to fight insomnia.

1. Cut back on caffeine: Caffeine "wakes you up", so why would you drink it before bedtime? Coffee, soft drinks (even diet), chocolate and tea all contain caffeine and should not be consumed anytime before bedtime.

2. Do not exercise before bedtime: Exercise gets your heart rate and adrenaline going, making it hard to fall asleep.

3. Don't nap during the day: There is such a thing as too much sleep, and sleeping during the day could cause your bodies biorhythms to become confused on when to sleep.

4.Don't each a large meal before going to bed. This can sometimes cause an upset stomach. If you have gastric reflex, this increases your change of getting a "flair up" during sleep.

5.Stop drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime. This prevents you from being awaken several times during the night to go to the bathroom. Also, try to use the bathroom right before bed, it never hurts to start your night with an empty bladder.

6.Set you body's natural "clock". Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night. This gets your body on a schedule, sets your internal alarm. Usually after doing this for a short while, you will know when it's bedtime at night and get up before the alarm in the morning.

No matter how you get to sleep, the natural way, as above or by use of medication and herbal help, sleep is one of the very best things you can do for your body to keep it young, healthy and free of disease.

If you have tried all of the above natural ways to help fall asleep and they haven't worked, consult your doctor to find out what other treatments he recommends.

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