How To Combat Insomnia Naturally
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How To Combat Insomnia Naturally

Don't just take medication. Combat insomnia, or sleeplessness, with natural methods.

It's easier than ever to get a pill to address any discomfort that we might feel. One of the most prescribed medications is probably that famous pill that helps people to sleep. Although sleep is very important to our well being, not everyone wants to use medication to get a full night's sleep. Some people find the side effects of medication to be even more discomforting than the condition itself. And, some individuals prefer a more natural sleep, as opposed to the drowsy slumber that medications force them into.

Chronic sleeplessness is a real problem that can lead to real consequences. Not getting adequate, or good quality, sleep can definitely affect one's quality of life. It is an issue that should not be neglected. And, there is no need to put off finding a solution because of your lack of interest in medicating yourself. There are some natural ways to positively affect your sleeping patterns.

There are many herbs that can address the issue of insomnia. Chamomile, lavender, St. John's wort, valerian, and kava are some well known herbs, used in treating sleeplessness. These herbs are typically used in the form of a tincture or as a tea. And, even though herbs are more natural than medication, they still carry their own set of side effects and risks. So, do your research.

Another natural way to help yourself sleep better is to respect your sleeping area as just that - a place to sleep. Make your sleeping space comfortable for you. Your sheets, pillow, bed, and everything else about the area should be comforting and easy for you to relax in. Even the positioning of your bed might make a difference. (According to Feng Shui principle your bed shouldn't be in a corner or next to a window. When in bed you should have a full view of the doorway, but the soles of your feet shouldn't be facing the doorway. And, you also shouldn't be facing the sharp corners of other furniture in the room.) Don't do your work, watch tv, or use your pc in your sleep area. Keep this space strictly for sleeping and relaxing. Experiment with different aids that can help you sleep; such as eye masks, ear plugs, sound machines, lighting, and music. When it comes to using these types of items, each person's preferences will be different. You have to find what works for you.

Another way to get to sleep at night is to make your days as active as possible. If you are tired, you are more likely to sleep. Make your days interesting. Find things to get into. Exercise, just not too close to bedtime. Don't isolate yourself. Interact with people, and entertain relationships that won't be draining.

If you suspect that your mental, or emotional, state is affecting your sleep than you must be proactive in finding a way to get yourself to a better place. Don't hesitate to find someone that you can talk your issues through with. This could be a therapist, a trusted friend, or a family member. Relaxation techniques, such as visualization, might be useful in calming you down for bedtime, and throughout the day. Simply visualizing a relaxing place in your mind, while in bed, can help you to fall asleep. Try meditation to settle your mind.

Other things, like cutting out sugar, caffeine, eating magnesium rich foods, and consuming a tryptophan rich snack before bedtime can also help one sleep. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule, using controlled breathing at bedtime, and finding a good acupuncturist can also provide an answer to your sleep problem.

Unlike medications, a natural approach to your sleep problem may not knock you into a deep slumber the first night that you apply it. You may have to adjust, or tweak, your approach over and over again, until you are successful. It's all about reconditioning your body to accept sleep as a part of your daily routine. This has a lot to do with your total well being. You'll find that once you improve your sleep, other parts of your life will be improved, as well.

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These are excellent tips! I myself am a chronic insomniac...I find that taking hot warm baths with chamomile oil and some nice, soothing music helps me sleep when I really need it :)