Insomnia can be frustrating to deal with, especially for those people who live active lifestyles that require you to be alert and focused all day long. Insomnia can affect these lifestyles by making you feel groggy and fatigued when you need to be vigilant at work or energetic at the gym. Many people find insomnia to simply be annoying, and they want to find a way to fall asleep more easily at night. Other people need help staying asleep and enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep on a regular basis. Fortunately for those of you out there struggling with insomnia, whether it’s short term or long term, there are a multitude of things you can do to help get better sleep.
· Developing a sleep pattern can benefit most insomniacs. The human body has a natural internal clock that it likes to follow. When somebody gets the body out of synch, that confuses the body and makes it difficult to sleep. For example, waking up at 7 a.m. one day and 10 a.m. the next day may be convenient, but it is not what is best for your body. Waking up at a consistent time will help your body get in synch and fall asleep at a consistent time every night.
· Exercising regularly can help people get better sleep. You don’t need to suddenly become a hardcore weightlifter, but simply jogging four or five times a week for about 30 minutes a session is great for the body and can help insomniacs.
· Many people make the mistake of oversleeping to maximize how much they can stay in bed; this can often have the opposite effect. Instead of feeling more rested and prepared for the day, people who oversleep tend to feel muzzy and slow throughout the day. Sleeping for the right amount of time is the best way to get the best sleep. Some people need more sleep than others; for example, you may only need 7 hours a night while somebody else may need about 9 hours a night. This varies from person to person, and you need to experiment with yourself until you find the amount of sleep that will allow you to maximize your potential.
· Many people make the mistake of doing other activities in their bed besides just sleep. Reading and watching TV while you are in bed can contribute to insomnia. Leave your bed for sleeping only, and find other places to perform these other activities.
As you have seen, there are many ways to reduce insomnia and allow yourself to get more and better sleep. Another option for reducing insomnia is acupuncture and other treatments. These can include herbs, valerian, kava, gui pi tang and an mian pian. While the average person has not heard of these treatments, they are often the best way to treat insomnia and get the best sleep possible. If you are looking to finally get a great night of sleep, this is a great route for your to go down.
This article was written by Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness.