What Would You Give For A Good Night's Sleep?
When night after night passes and you're unable to fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning -- or you wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep -- it's very likely you're suffering from insomnia.
Don't feel alone! It's been estimated that over 50% of adults suffer right along with you.
Whether it happens occasionally or regularly, insomnia can affect your energy level, your temperament, your general health ... even your immune system. You may wish to visit the Consumer Reports Health website to learn more on how sleeplessness affects your health.
Many things contribute to insomnia -- stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, infection, diabetes, heart disease, lack of exercise, prostate problems, sleep disorders, hot flashes. If you can pinpoint the cause and eliminate it you're way ahead of the game, but if you can't, there are several ways to deal with your sleeplessness.
To combat occasional insomnia, there are many over-the-counter remedies designed to help you sleep. Almost all contain antihistamines (the same stuff you take for allergies), and most of them have unwanted side affects (e.g., 'sleep hangover'). They also lose effectiveness over time. Moreover, over-the-counter sleep remedies do not 'cure' insomnia; they are only a temporary fix.
If you have chronic insomnia, you may need to see your physician who will probably prescribe sleep medication. Regrettably, nearly all of these have after-effects, including addiction and disturbance of normal sleep patterns. They can also cause bizarre and dangerous behaviors, such as sleepwalking, sleep driving, and sleep eating.
Essentially, when you take these drugs, the ability to fall asleep naturally is lost. But if you have reached a point of desperation, this may be your only solution to getting some sleep.
Fortunately, it's possible to treat insomnia naturally and in a more holistic way through herbs and herbal supplements, herbal teas, or using various sleep aids (sound machines, hypnosis, subliminal messaging, nature sounds, etc.).
There are also several very good books that offer ideas, suggestions, and advice on how to overcome insomnia in natural ways.
Each individual is different. The choice of how you want to treat your insomnia is entirely yours. But if you are looking for treatment that won't harm your body, I encourage you to investigate the resources available on this website. All provide natural remedies to overcome insomnia.
For additional information about insomnia causes and treatment, you may find some additional help by reading some of the articles. Several of them are written by experts in the field.
I wish you a good night's sleep tonight ... and every night.