Insomnia is no joke. New evidence seems to be discovered every other month to support the importance of sleep for our general health. On the darker flipside, new adverse effects of sleep deprivation seem to be discovered all the time as well. To properly go into just how important sleep is would be topic for another (much larger) article, but there is no denying that it is.
Insomnia is also deeply unpleasant and if it goes on long enough can become real hell. Accordingly, many people seek all sorts of remedies to help them get a better night’s sleep. If you find yourself in this position, then it is worth remembering that you could have a condition which might require some pharmaceutical attention. But you could also be, unknowingly, maintaining bad habits that might be wrecking your sleep. You should entertain this possibility before you go seeking more serious medical help.
The Route to a Solution
Kiya Longevity, a naturopathic health service offering natural remedies and advanced telecare, recommend that you should proceed through a series of stages when beginning to tackle insomnia – with only the last one being the use of sleep-inducing drugs. As mentioned, the first stage is to simply change your lifestyle and diet. It might not seem like it, but this can make a massive difference – and there is a lot of advice out there on how to do it.
If this does not work, you should entertain natural remedies before lab-synthesized drugs. There are all-natural sleep supplements available from the naturopathic outlets that you can try. Many of these have a proven effectiveness and lots of patients find them more than enough to solve their insomnia – it is always better to keep things natural if you can. Only after this has failed too, should you turn to more serious pharmaceutical solutions.
Top Tips for Beating Insomnia
Here follows then some top tips for beating insomnia. All of these are medically approved and underpinned by sound science and research:
Eat Often During the Day
…as opposed to eating a large meal less often. To help tire yourself out and get a better night’s sleep, you should aim to eat regular meals every three to four hours. This tip is also prescribed for those who are tired during the day. However, the two things are related, and it is also a great tip for sleep.
There is not much to say about this obvious tip besides that you should try to get at least some exercise in every day. This will give you more energy during the day and tire you out at night.
Get Up at the Same Time Every Day
Your body has a circadian rhythm, and this is what informs it when to sleep and wake up. Going to bed at the same time is not so important but getting up at the same time every day will confer all sorts of health benefits. It will also set your body clock in such a way as to indicate bedtime by making you tired. And you will sleep better as a result.
Relax Before Bed
Do not work for at least an hour before bed and try to deal with all all-stress inducing commitments before bedtime. When the time for sleep then rolls around, you will not have excess stress levels keeping you awake.
All these are great bases to cover as you begin to do something about your insomnia. Take heart, because there are many things you can try, and it is highly likely that the solution is among them somewhere.