If you are having a difficult time falling asleep, the last thing that you want to do is to reach for a sleeping pill.
Although some of these pills will help you to fall asleep, they really are only forcing a drugged, fake sleep.
Unfortunately, most of time for most people, they wake up with a drug hangover and it takes from a few minutes to several hours to get your metabolism going.
It is not likely that drugs will help to cure the problem. They may make you unconscious but what you are really getting can hardly be called sleep by any stretch of the imagination. I know you would like to cure your insomnia. You need to attack the problem from the root causes.
Here are four natural cures that you can use which tend to help with sleep disorders.
These are the two problems that cause a lack of sleep in many individuals.
The first cure is blocking any extra sound or light that is coming into the room where you normally sleep. Outside noise in the home, such as a TV that is playing in your bedroom, will interrupt a sound, deep sleep. You can minimize the effect of noise on your sleep by getting a good white noise machine or wearing earplugs as you sleep.
The second cure, is restricting the amount of light that infiltrates the room where we sleep. If there is light in our bedroom, it will be extremely difficult to reach the REM depths of sleep that refreshes your body, helps you to feel rested, and ready to face the world.
The third cure is to prepare your mind and body for a good night’s sleep.
Firstly, avoid any type of heavy eating. A definite no to stimulant drinks, such as caffeine within several hours of going to sleep. Sometimes when your watching television shows or movies that stimulate your thinking, it can raise your adrenalin levels from the excitement to a level that may keep you up at night.
Natural Cures for insomnia and Sleep Disorder.
Take the time to relax your mind with some soft music and light reading, even some poetry.
Taking a lazy warm bath helps me relax and you can try a bath to see if it helps you also.
Finally, you may try some good old fashion warm milk if you are having a difficult time sleeping. Warm milk has naturally occurring tryptophan which helps the body to produce serotonin naturally. This particular hormone helps you to feel good, acts as a natural sleep aid, and may help to alleviate any stress that is keeping you up at night.
Persistent sleep deprivation affects nearly 40 million Americans and significantly impacts the lives and families of sufferers.
Sleep disorders increase the risk, and are often the underlying cause of serious medical conditions including heart attack, hypertension, stroke, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, impotence and depression. In addition to medical and health issues, chronic sleep deprivation also interferes with work, driving and social activities.
The magnitude of the problem is so great, the National Institutes of Health [NIH] and other member organizations conduct ongoing research to help prevent, treat and cure sleeping disorders.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea [OSA] is the most prevalent sleep disorder. Marked by loud snoring, gasping and choking, the most telling symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness.
OSA is caused by the soft tissues of the tongue, palate and back of the throat that temporarily block the airway, making the sleeper to wake and stir in order to start breathing again.
Occurring up to several hundred times a night, the natural sleep cycle becomes severely fragmented, denying deep restorative sleep essential to good health.
Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea aggravates high blood pressure, increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, automobile and industrial accidents.
Most people will have occasional bouts with insomnia that are usually triggered by stress, anxiety, diet, jet lag and other temporary situations. Insomnia is often a symptom of an underlying medical condition and extended periods of insomnia can lead to serious sleep deficits affecting job performance and general well- being.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome [RLS] is an unpleasant tingling sensation in the legs and feet and is often described by sufferers as having pin & needles. The urge to move and rearrange the legs to get comfortable inhibits sleep and leads to insomnia. RLS may be related to other medical conditions including anemia, pregnancy and diabetes. Symptoms may develop at any age, but severe RLS is more common in elderly people.
Narcolepsy is a sleep regulation disorder. Affecting nearly a quarter of a million Americans, the primary symptom is sudden onset sleep, or “sleep attacks”. Lasting from several seconds to more than 30 minutes, falling asleep at improper times is dangerous to the self and others, especially while driving and operating machinery.