Do you have insomnia and want to reduce or cure it?

This article will tell you about several options for resetting you sleeping internal clock.

Insomnia means you are having a hard time going to sleep. It also can mean that you are having a hard time staying asleep. Most people who suffer from insomnia say that they remember turning and tossing all night long or remember being awake at night. Nights when I have insomnia I just can’t seem to turn my mind off and often can’t even close my eyes.

The sources for insomnia are many and can be anxiety, stress, medications, too much caffeine, depressions or other mental conditions. And often it sometimes happens for no reason at all. Pain anywhere or an overactive mind may be causes. Finding the cause of insomnia is sometime the hardest problem but it the most necessary to cure it.

If you believe you are not getting enough sleep or that you are suffering from insomnia, talk to your family doctor. If your family physician feels that you may suffer from insomnia and helpful tips for dealing with insomnia are not helping, he may ask that you keep a sleep diary, or even have you stay overnight at a sleep center so your sleep patterns can be monitored.

There are behavioral or natural treatments for insomnia. One relaxation techniques is practiced by tensing different muscle groups and then relaxing them. Another method calls for repeating a set of visualizations to produce a state of relaxation. My favorite visualization is lying in the sun on a beach in the Bahamas.

It is also good to be able to manage the stress in your life as this can allow you to more easily relax at night or when it’s time to sleep. Another helpful method is to associate the bedroom with sleeping by limiting the time spent in the bedroom for non-sleep activities. So take your television, computer and office out of the bedroom. Also reduce the use of stimulants such as caffeine and avoid large meals just before bed as this can help reduce insomnia. A person can also try soaking in a hot bath to relax or listening to some soft music before going to bed.

Melatonin is an aid for helping people fall asleep. It is especially helpful for people who suffer from insomnia caused by jet lag or shift work. Melatonin occurs naturally in the body when serotonin is exposed to decreased light.

Other common over-the-counter or OTC sleep aids such as Nytol or Sominex can also be tried but, again, a person should discuss with their doctor before taking any of these sleep aids especially if you suffers from or are being treated for depression, or other mental health problems as well as Parkinson’s disease.

There are prescription medications your doctor can prescribe for you as a sleeping aid.
The most commonly used drugs prescribed by doctors for insomnia includes drugs such as Xanax or Valium. There are also a class of new drugs which includes medications such as Ambien and Lunesta. These drugs have fewer side effects than Xanax or Valium and leave your body in about 4 hours but all of these medications can cause physical as well as psychological dependence. If your insomnia is caused by chronic pain, your doctor might prescribe Vicodin but here also is a medication that can cause addiction problems.

To help reduce or cure insomnia, it is best to try the natural methods to relax before turning to any type of drugs, whether over-the-counter or prescription medications. It is also advised to get a good physical from your doctor, to see if your insomnia is not a symptom of a more serious medical condition before starting any medications.