Sleeping Problems

Sleeping Problems

If you need help with insomnia you're not alone. There are millions of people all over the world that can't get a good night's sleep. I have to admit I am one of them. For as long as I can remember I have had problems with getting to sleep and staying asleep.

 To get help with insomnia you need to first decide that you're going to help yourself. If you're not willing to make an effort to do what needs to be done then you make it harder on yourself in the long run. In the early years of my life I had no idea what to do about it, so I went without sleep most of the time.

 It was okay then because I was young and my body had the strength to carry me through the day. I didn't notice until my mid to late forties that I was getting tired midday and didn't know why. I had been without sleep for so many years it never occurred to me that it was lack of sleep. I thought it was an age thing.

 Once I figured out that my weird sleep patterns were a problem and that I needed help with insomnia I was shocked. I already had a fan or two going no matter what the weather. I had it dark and cool with pillows, mattress and covers perfect. Absolutely no noise at all except the fans humming.

 So, I thought what else can I do! It never occurred to me that what I did before I went to bed mattered. This includes what I ate and drank, which was a shock at first. Further, I needed a routine and to wind down at least two hours before I hit the sheets. Being the high strung person that I am this is not easy.

 If you need help with insomnia like me then you will need to do the same things or something similar. You must have a routine and get to bed as close to the same time as possible. Get rid of all electronics in the bedroom, so no activity, it's a place for sleep. It may be hard at first, but you will adjust.

Do something that relaxes you like a bath, reading or meditation. Don't do things that are stimulating two hours before bed like dancing or exercise. Don't consume stimulants either, such as coffee or tea which has caffeine. I didn't know any of this and did it all, so it's a miracle I got any sleep whatsoever.

 It also helps to exercise, but do it earlier in the day. A good diet is a plus as well as maintaining a healthy weight. The healthier you are the better your chances are of a good night's sleep. In addition, stress and anxiety are sleep thieves, so you need to get rid of them.

 Lastly, you can also get help with insomnia by taking sleeping pills, herbs and other drugs that induce sleep. However, it's been years since I've taken them, so I can't recommend anything along those lines.