Tips to cure insomnia

Are you looking for help in sleeping? Perhaps this article can provide you with some tips to cure 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 best way to fall asleep is to have good sleep habits or to use natural sleep aids. 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.

There are several herbs that are known to be helpful for people suffering for insomnia. One herb used as a sleep aid is Valerian recognized for years in Europe as being helpful with insomnia. It is sold in the United States only as a dietary supplement. It has shown that it help with insomnia, as well as stress. There are side effects that have been reported, so before taking this herb, it is important that you should discuss taking Valerian with a pharmacist, especially if they are taking any prescription for other medical conditions.

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.

In the end, the best help to fall asleep is naturally by correcting any poor sleep habits. Taking a pill for a problem is buying into the mindset of turning to a pill to solve a problem which can cause problems in other areas of a person’s life. So popping a pill should be a measure of last resource.