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Insomnia Again And Again: Four Keys To A Healthy Night Of Rest

Jul 22, 2008
Are you stuck in a rut? You feel a bit sleepy, so you put on your pajamas, pull back the covers, lie down...and then wait. This waiting is almost inevitable to you now, because it has been happening for many nights in a row. Once you finally do fall asleep, you know that it is not going to last. Something will jolt you awake in the middle of the night, and it will be all downhill from there. Insomnia has become your worst nightmare...well, rut, anyway.

What can you personally do to help yourself? There are so many different products out there for things that claim to help you overcome insomnia. But before you invest lots of money into something that is not foolproof, have you considered that you are the root of the problem? Perhaps you are causing your own sleeping problems, and you do not even consciously realize it.

Perhaps it is time that you took a look at recognition, interpretation, relaxation and nutrition as a part of your insomnia treatment.

Nearly everyone has occasional sleepless nights, perhaps due to stress, heartburn, or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol. Insomnia is defined when you have problems falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or experience nonrestorative sleep that occurs on a regular or frequent basis, often for no apparent reason.

Now that you have identified and recognized the problem, you have conquered the first step. Next it is important to determine whether or not this is a chronic problem for you, or if insomnia is something that only happens during certain times in your life. This will allow you too see if your sleeping problems are a result of major life changes, stress or a physical problem that plagues you regularly.

Insomnia can be difficult to diagnose because the kind of sleep patterns and degree of daytime fatigue that some people consider indications of insomnia other people consider normal. Your doctor may ask you questions about your sleep patterns, such as how long you've experienced your symptoms and whether they occur every night to determine if you have general insomnia.

It is important to consider your own behaviors of daily life because they may be contributing to or sometimes even causing the trouble sleeping. For example, if you are a constant worry wart, it is a good idea to make lists to ensure that you accomplish all the important tasks of the day. Another behavior to adapt is to do some yoga, stretching or breathing exercises before bed so that you feel relaxed enough to sleep. And, lets not forget aromatherapy. There are many essential oils that can be used to help you relax or make it easier to get to sleep. For instance Lavender - Lavender's relaxing aroma helps induce sleep and relieve stress for a restful night.

Another behavior that may need attention is your overall diet and nutrition habits. The digestion process takes a long time, so eating close to bed can surely account for your insomnia. A full belly makes you uncomfortable, which will have you tossing and turning for hours. Also, consuming caffeinated beverages all day long will keep you awake all night. The mind will continue to race because it has been given a false signal by the caffeine to keep on going. So, of course, the closer to bedtime you have soda or coffee, the longer your insomnia will persist through the night.

Recognition, interpretation, relaxation and nutrition are the four key steps to a healthy night of rest. After conquering all of these, you will be insomnia free for the rest of your days...I mean nights. Sweet dreams.
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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