How to Cure Light Sleeping

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If you're sleeping at your desk, you might like to try some of these remedies.
If you're sleeping at your desk, you might like to try some of these remedies. (Image: sleep image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Insomnia is a common condition characterized by difficulty in going to sleep, or staying asleep. Some insomniacs are simply light sleepers, meaning they may wake up several times during the night. Other insomniacs cannot sleep at all. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this condition affects 30 to 40 percent of adult Americans in any given year. If you're having difficulty sleeping, there are a number of ways to combat your insomnia, beginning with environmental factors, and ending with prescription medication -- if it comes to that.

Things You'll Need

  • Earplugs
  • Sleep Mask
  • Hypnotist
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Chamomile tea
  • Melatonin tablets

Take a look at your daily routine and lifestyle. These may be affecting your ability to sleep. Consider if there's anything that's causing you stress. There may also be environmental factors affecting your sleep, such as noisy cars or bright lights. Try to eliminate any of these factors first, by dealing with the cause of stress, or wearing earplugs and a sleep mask at night.

Ear plugs can be suprisingly effective when you can't sleep.
Ear plugs can be suprisingly effective when you can't sleep. (Image: ear plugs image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Meditate and exercise. It might sound silly, but meditation and exercise will relax your mind and facilitate a better night's sleep. In particular, If stress is causing your insomnia, activities like meditation, light exercise and guided imagery will help.

Can't sleep? Try meditation.
Can't sleep? Try meditation. (Image: young beautiful girl meditate image by Laser from Fotolia.com)

Get hypnotized. Many insomniacs have tried this with great success. Under hypnosis, you might work out any personal issues that are robbing you of sleep. A hypnotist can also "program" you to sleep.

Doctors at Harvard University found that hypnotism actually promotes faster healing.
Doctors at Harvard University found that hypnotism actually promotes faster healing. (Image: fond cercles colorés image by veroji from Fotolia.com)

Try natural cures. Sipping a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in water can help. Some insomniacs take melatonin tablets, which are derived from natural plant extracts, to help them sleep. Others drink a cup of calming chamomile tea before bed.

Chamomile tea helps you relax and may help you get a good night's sleep.
Chamomile tea helps you relax and may help you get a good night's sleep. (Image: cup of golden tea and cakes for tea-time image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

See a doctor. If your insomnia persists, a doctor can prescribe medication to be taken when you can't sleep. There are several medications on the market that will help you sleep and aren't damaging to your health. Just remember to be careful with them, as sleeping pills can be addictive.

Sleeping pills, if used in moderation, are useful in curing short-term insomnia.
Sleeping pills, if used in moderation, are useful in curing short-term insomnia. (Image: pills and pill bottle image by Effie White from Fotolia.com)

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