Dealing with Insomnia
Insomniacs rarely get a good night’s sleep. They may have trouble getting to sleep or they may sleep for two or three hours and then never really fall back to sleep. They rarely feel alert during the day. They are always tired and often irritable due to lack of sleep.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized with difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep.
Insomnia may be associated with:
- Life events
- Poor sleep habits
- Travel or work schedule
- Night-time eating
- Some medications for allergies, asthma, or blood pressure, antidepressants
- Anxiety or PTSD
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Overactive thyroid
- Parkinson's disease
- Alzheimer's disease.
How Do You Know You Need Help?
You may be experiencing insomnia if you answer any of these questions positively.
- Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
- Do you wake up during the night?
- Do you wake up too early?
- Do you often feel poorly rested during the day?
- Are you irritable, depressed, or anxious?
- Is it hard to focus on tasks?
- Do you experience errors or accidents due to lack of sleep?
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Light therapy
- Be consistent. Keep bedtime and wake time consistent every day.
- Get exercise. Staying active promotes sleep.
- Have your doctor check your medications. They may be contributing to insomnia.
- Avoid daytime naps.
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
- Avoid large meals and beverages. Instead, space smaller meals throughout the day.
- Don’t eat before bedtime.
- Make your bedroom comfortable for sleep.
- Choose a relaxing pre-bedtime ritual like a warm bath, reading or listening to soft music.
Help is at hand.
Many of my clients have found that therapeutic strategies like This Works products can help
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