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Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents you from falling asleep or staying asleep. It is a condition I have suffered from in the past and never want to experience again. For me not being able to sleep is a really horrible feeling. I have spent many a night tossing and turning and seeing every hour on the clock.
There are many different forms of help available such as medication, natural cures, counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Medications generally used for Insomnia are Sedatives, Anti-Depressants and Benzodiazepines. Natural cures generally include things like Aromatherapy and Hypnotherapy. I was offered medication from my GP but declined this, as it did not feel it was the correct solution for me. In the end I realised that problems I had in my personal life were interfering with my sleep pattern but I was not consciously aware that I was worrying about them.
The following is a list of things that I have found useful to assist my sleep-
Getting plenty of exercise during the day, cardiovascular exercise that really gets your heart pounding
Try not to eat too close to bedtime and never go to bed hungry
Make sure your bed is comfortable and the room temperature suits you.
Spend at least half an hour unwinding before bed; never go straight to bed after rushing around.
Have a hot soak in a bath followed by a hot drink
Try relaxation techniques such as yoga or relaxation tapes
Avoid caffeine completely in your diet
Sprinkle lavender oil on your pillow- I found this one really helpful
And most importantly talk about and try and deal with any problems going on in your life. At night you can subconsciously fret about things and during the night problems always seem worse.
Hope this helps
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