Speech: How to Overcome Insomnia
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Have you ever had a night that you woke up about three in the morning and could not go back to sleep I have experienced those nights many of times. Sometimes even worse then that I have gotten into bed and laid there staring at the ceiling till the alarm goes off. Insomnia is a very common problem for many people, you may not hear a lot of people talking about it but it is happening every night to millions of people all over. There are many ways to fight insomnia or at least try to make it less severe on your self. Here are a few examples on how to try and fight insomnia, if these do not work then there are many more for you to try.
First question, what is insomnia exactly It is a constant loss of sleep, causing severe sleep deprivation. There are three major categories of insomnia. First you have Initial insomnia which is when you have difficulty falling asleep, it may take you thirty minutes or more to actually get into a sleeping state. Second, you have Middle insomnia which is when you do not have any problems falling asleep but, you wake up on and off through out the night which gives you a broken sleep which is not as satisfying as a whole night sleep. Finally you have late or terminal insomnia which you wake up after less then six hours sleep and are unable to go back to sleep.
First, you should minimize your caffeine intake throughout the day, also your alcohol and tobacco use before bed. Caffeine is something that people use all day to keep themselves going at work, and if you are having a lack of sleep it helps you feel alive. Im not a coffee drinker like most but I will drink Diet Cokes just as much. I have now limited my self to one in the morning, maybe an iced tea at lunch, but nothing but water and juice for the rest of the day and with dinner. I suggest no caffeine after one oclock, if you drink caffeine late into the evening it will keep you awake because it is still fresh in your system, so when you go to lay down and go to sleep that caffeine is still kicking in your system. Alcohol may seem like it is relaxing you but its actually doing the opposite, unless you get completely plastered you wont be falling asleep any time soon. Tobacco has the same effect it starts your heart pumping and makes your blood pressure rise, which is the last thing you need to happen when youre trying to go to sleep.
Second, you should try to take a warm bath before you get into bed. The warm bath relaxes all your muscles, including the ones in your brain. It should help your body relax enough that once you get out, dry off, and get into bed you should fall asleep a lot easier, because the relaxation process has already began. I also use candles and a nice aromatherapy bubble bath to help relax my mind, and just forget about work and all my stresses and enjoy.
Finally, I would suggest if you cant sleep after laying there for over thirty minutes then get up. Do something that doesnt stimulate you to much, such as reading a book, that should help you get a little sleepy. Give it about an hour and try again. If you do not do this you will lay there for longer then that thinking about everything, and not being able to sleep. You might as well be doing something constructive if you lay there, your going to get frustrated and wont be able to sleep anyway.
As you can see insomnia is a serious condition, I have been dealing with it for about a year and its hard sometimes, but all the little tricks I have told you do work and there are many more. You might want to see a physician regarding your problem if it gets really bad, so they can prescribe you something to help you sleep better. Insomnia may seem very simple compared to other illnesses and problems, but for the person who is suffering everyday with lack of rest and irritability, it is a serious problem that you want to cure.