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Insomnia Is A Downer, So Get Rid Of It!

Jul 10, 2008
Are you exasperated, fed up and just plain tired of staying up for hours on end, lying in bed and trying to drift off into a deep sleep with no avail? There are ways to go about fixing the problem quickly and easily. The first thing you have to realize is that you are dealing with insomnia.

What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a condition in which a person gets too little or poor quality sleep. While the amount of sleep that people need varies between about 5 and 10 hours per night, most people require between 7 and 8 hours. Also, you should learn to recognize the other traits of insomnia, which include:

~ Trouble falling asleep
~ Waking up repeatedly during the night with trouble returning to sleep
~ Having unrestful sleep
~ Waking up too early in the morning
~ Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
~ Daytime irritability

If you want to overcome insomnia, there are many things you can do.

First and foremost, you should own up to the fact that you do indeed have sleeping issues. Something in your life is preventing you from being able to calmly lie in your bed, and gently doze off into a deep slumber for eight hours every night.

A few quick things are: smoking tobacco products may worsen physical conditions such as asthma, thus leading to disturbed sleep. The nicotine found in tobacco is also known to interfere with sleep. Also, because alcohol contributes to sleep disorders, people who have trouble sleeping should eliminate or drastically reduce their intake. Massage therapy is another way to relieve muscular tension before going to sleep. And, a warm bath before bedtime can help to relax the muscles.

In addition, moderate exercise earlier in the day helps to increase sleep. Moderate exercise earlier in the day is a healthy habit. Because exercise raises the heart rate and causes adrenaline production, it is best to avoid strenuous exercise within six hours of bedtime.

Also, before you go to bed, mentally prepare yourself and convince yourself that you will in fact stay asleep for at least seven hours that night. Make healthy sleeping habits more of a goal to achieve, rather than something that you have to force yourself to do every night. From that point on, you can do more of a step by step process toward really feeling good about wanting to sleep more.

Engage in a relaxing behavior next, which could be a wide variety of things. Breathing exercises, massage therapy, and warm baths may aid sleep. Deep breathing exercises may help induce drowsiness. One such exercise involves lying on the back or side with the eyes closed, deeply filling the lungs with air, and then exhaling while drawing in the abdomen to push out as much air as possible. This pattern is repeated three times, and at the end of the third exhalation, holding one's breath as long as possible. The breathing exercise is repeated two or three times until the onset of drowsiness.

Once you are in tune with your body's needs for relaxation, focus on the positive energy. Do not harp on a fight with a co-worker, or fret about running to the grocery store for dinner, or those bills piling up. The end of the day is not the time for focusing on all of the stressors in your life. It is about winding down in order to get a healthy amount of sleep.
About the Author
Sherry Harris is the author of the successful e-book "Best Practices Guide: 101 Amazingly Simple Ways to Beat Insomnia". It was created to be The Definitive Guide of insomnia treatments on the Net. You can download the FREE PDF e-book or click on the link. After you grab your free e-book, visit the rest of the website http://www.ScentToSleep.com where you will find products to wipe out insomnia.
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