Sleeping problems? – The facts about Insomnia..
What is insomnia
The term insomnia refers to an inability to fall asleep or to remain asleep for an adequate length of time. It may be acute – in reaction to a life event such as bereavement – or a more long-standing problem. It may cause chronic tiredness, irritability and problems with concentration and mental performance that significantly affect your ability to get on with daily life.
Illness is another possible cause, especially if there’s pain or discomfort.
It’s important to stress that virtually everybody has problems sleeping at some time or other in their life.
Advice for people with insomnia
- Regular exercise helps to promote sleep, but avoid exercising shortly before you go to bed.
- Write down your worries rather than fret about them while you’re trying to sleep.
- A warm bath before bed can help, but a very hot bath may simply cause problems as the body naturally drops its temperature slightly to get off to sleep.
- Try not to eat large meals before bedtime.
- Drinking alcohol may also disturb your night’s sleep as, like sleeping pills. It induces a very unnatural sort of sleepiness, though a small night-cap can help you to fall asleep in the first place.
- Cut down on drinks containing caffeine (coffee, tea, cocoa, and cola), especially late at night.
- Make sure you have a comfortable bed. The bedroom itself should be well ventilated and cool and as dark and quiet as possible.
- Don’t go to bed until you feel tired.
- Sex just before bedtime can both promote and impede sleep. Men may sleep well after sex, whereas women may liven up.
- Read a book until you feel dozy. Get up again if you are not able to sleep within half an hour. Sit down, read the paper, listen to some music and go back to bed half an hour later.
- Routine helps! Get up at the same time every morning. Set the alarm and get out of bed quickly, even if you have had a late or sleepless night. This way, at the end of the day you’ll probably feel tired and sleepy at just the right time. If you do this for a sufficient number of days, you will successfully adjust your inner clock and get tired when you need to.
What medications are available
There are many types of sleeping tablets available. They can be helpful in the short-term but it’s important not to use sleeping tablets too often or for too long for several reasons.
The sleep that a sedative medicine induces is not natural sleep but tends to follow a slightly different pattern and it may not be as restorative as normal sleep.
In addition, your body may become dependent on the medicine, and eventually you will find it very difficult to stop taking the tablets.
Below is a list of sleeping tablets that can help with insomnia
Published By Jason Finch