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
- Sleep Mask
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.