Tips on falling asleep if you have insomnia

The best way to fall asleep is to have good sleep habits or to use natural sleep aids. But first visit with your doctor to make sure there are no medical reasons for the insomnia.

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.

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.

Other methods to help fall asleep faster is to relax before bedtime. People relax in many ways, watching television, reading, soaking in a warm bath or taking a short walk. Soft music also helps people fall asleep as well as any type of white noise machines that are currently on the market. When I worked nights, I had to get one of these machines that made the sound of a water fall in order to fall asleep. Even after 15 years, I still can not fall asleep with out that sound.

It is advised that if you have trouble falling asleep and have tried all the natural tips in this article, then perhaps you need to see a sleep specialist. So many people have sleep problems; there is now a subspecialty in medicine for sleep problems. Since insomnia can be a symptom of another medical problem, it is best to visit with your doctor and discuss your problems with sleep with him.

It is also recommended that before you start any herbal or OTC (over-the-counter) sleep aids that you check with your doctor.

These are just a few natural ways to help you fall asleep. But remember, if problems with sleep continue nightly for several weeks; be sure to consult with your family physician.