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Suffering from Insomnia

Updated on June 12, 2010

Do you suffer from being unable to fall asleep? Do you lay there and toss and turn for hours and hours? Do you awaken feeling unrefreshed or often find yourself taking naps during the day? Do you wake up several times during the night? Well you might be suffering from Insomnia.

I know I have sleep issues that go way beyond Insomnia. My "insomnia" can keep me awake for days at a time. Nothing record breaking I assure you. I blame it on my bi-polar disorder (but that will be another post) My insomnia probably has a lot to do with my diet, and being lazy. But here you can find some things that can probably help you fall asleep.

Try cutting out the caffeine before bedtime. Because caffeine actually stimulates the brain and acts as an 'upper' similar to cocaine and heroin. (No joke!)

Do your best to not nap during the day!

Try not to eat a big meal before bedtime and try to get to bed at the same time every night!

Also you can do things that relax your body like reading a book or taking a hot bath. Try not to use the computer or watch t.v. as these things can also stimulate the brain when in fact you are trying to relax it.

If you are into exercising (which I am not!) try exercising at least 2 hours before going to bed.

If you are still suffering from being unable to fall asleep 30 minutes after you get into bed try getting up and moving around the house. Go somewhere else, and read more of your book or whatever it is that you do, until you feel sleepy again.

I know a lot of times when I have trouble falling asleep it is because I have so much that I'm thinking about. So something that you can do is try keeping a journal before you go to bed. That way you can put all your worries or a to-do list in it and it won't invade your brain when it's time to get that much needed rest.

Don't worry your little head, if you are suffering from insomnia there is nothing physically or mentally wrong with you. You probably just need to change a few habits. And if the insomnia persists then see your general doctor and you may need to get a prescription to help take the edge off and relax your body and mind.


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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      An excellent article, gqgirl! I am very fortunate that no matter how little or much I sleep - it is quality sleep that sustains me. But I've always rather resented the time it takes to sleep - even as a child! So much to DO and so few hours to do it. Of course - one can't do it without sufficient sleep - but that can be in terms of quality as well as quantity, I've learned.

      I saw a Discovery presentation that claimed tht archeologists have been able to determine that our ancient human ancestors slept in shorter segments than we try to do in modern times. Of course - work schedules determine a lot of it. But according to this study, it seems that ancient man slept - oh, say - 4 hours, then got up & did things before going back to sleep for anther period - perhaps another 4 housr. I found that nice to know, that my pattern is sometimes like that and it's all right to find one's own best sleep patterns.

      Anyway - this is an article very well done and I commend you - and rate it up and useful!

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      Maryanna 7 years ago

      Hot milk with a pinch of cocoa not only shuts the body down but cocoa reduces stress and helps yer blood. I find that's the best.