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Oh! Not Another Sleepless Night. Two Effective Treatments

Aug 16, 2008
The definition of insomnia is the difficulty the person has in falling asleep and at times even remaining sleepless through out the night. The body desperately craves sleep but there is a nightly war occurring between the brain and the body - the brain that has trouble letting go and the body that wants to switch off and sleep.

Insomnia fall into two categories:-

* primary insomnia.
* secondary insomnia.

Secondary insomnia is insomnia where there is a medical reason. This insomnia is more a symptom of other health issues, such as asthma, depression, heartburn, arthritis, chronic pain, cancer, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol to name a few.

Eight out of ten people suffer from secondary insomnia which has been found to be very common. By secondary we mean that the insomnia is a symptom of another problem. When we are able to pin point the problem the insomnia is then relatively easy to treat.

What are my Options!

So as you can see with the list of symptoms which could cause you to loose sleep; it is vitally important that you consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis to establish the cause of the insomnia and to find an insomnia cure.

If you have any of the symptoms as mentioned above these need to be addressed first as they might be the possible cause of your insomnia. You could try ever sleep aid on the market, and still be plagued with insomnia. Define the problem and get it treated. The result will be that the insomnia is possibly taken care of.

Take a Walk in the Park

Walking is a good form of exercise. Going for a walk 2 - 3 hours before bedtime is a calming activity that will help prepare your body for sleep. When we sleep our body temperatures drop. Exercise causes your body temperatures to fall 3-6 hours after the exercise. If you have trouble sleeping, make it a habit to work out 3-6 hours before your bedtime. Your body temperature will drop faster and that will help you to fall asleep faster.

A very effective treatment for insomnia with proven results are the following herbs:-

1. Valerian root. This has been found to be beneficial for mild insomnia. Let your doctor know if your taking this herb as it can interact with prescription medications.

2. Chamomile. Again if you are on prescription medications - consult your doctor. If you're on any blood thinning medication don't take it. It can increase risk of bleeding and hemorrhaging.

There are other herbal teas on the market but if you are prescription medication it is advisable to consult your doctor.

Insomnia and other sleep disorders can be very challenging and frustrating to finding a cure. On the market shelves are some marvelous alternatives available. It might take a bit of perseverance on your part to completely find a cure for insomnia and other related sleep disorders. In the end it will be worth the effort on your part when you finally do.
About the Author
Lynn Zingel is the author and editor of http://sleep4sure.com . I have been there! I understand! For tips and techniques on how to change your sleep patterns and have energy plus then visit my site.
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