to Beat Insomnia without Pills
bedtime, and you're tired so you go hit the sack.
invite sleep by closing your eyes, but sleep ignores your invitation.
You toss from left to right and then from right to left, sit up
and drink some water and again try your best to get to sleep, but
all your efforts fail.
this happens once or only occasionally, on certain bad days, for
instance, you most likely have nothing to worry about. However,
if sleeplessness haunts you on a regular basis, you may have a sleep
disorder called insomnia.
has various causes. It can result from fear, anxiety, stress, or
depression. The side effects of some medications interfere with
sleep. Mental or physical exhaustion or pain can also cause insomnia.
Insomnia can be transient, acute, or chronic, depending upon its
of thousands of people pop sleep-inducing prescription drugs and
sedatives at bedtime to help get a good night's sleep. The most
common drugs prescribed for insomnia are benzodiazepines. The
problem with these drugs is that they become addictive, if used
over a long period. There are of course non-benzodiazepine drugs,
but these may also cause dependence, both psychological and physical,
if used continuously.
addition, there are quite a few non-prescription sleep-inducing
drugs and herbs which are used as sedatives.
people resort to alcohol as a sedative, but their sleep will not
be of the quality desired. And alcohol consumption is not without
its side effects and hangover problems.
you can overcome insomnia without drugs or pills. Cognitive behavioral
therapy has been found quite effective in reducing the problem in
many people. This kind of therapy attempts to correct the distortions
or unrealistic ways of thinking which appear to be the underlying
cause for various types of fear, anxiety, depression or stress,
which in turn contribute to insomnia in many cases.
have traditionally used various methods for beating insomnia without
pills and drugs. Here are some tips you can use to dial down any
insomnia issues you may have...
a glass of warm milk before bedtime. Warm milk contains a natural
sedative called tryptophan.
honey to warm milk will help the body absorb tryptophan faster
and will also produce a quicker sedative effect.
taking a hot water bath in the evening just before going to bed.
nutritional factors in pomegranates will help induce sleep, so
try eating one a half hour before heading off to bed.
and listening to soft, slow, lilting music are quite effective
in producing an atmosphere conducive for sleep.
and other mind relaxation techniques are often found to be extremely
helpful in this regard. Note: We recommend our EarthRain
Meditation CD or our best-selling Cat's
insomniacs can also try tai chi, yoga, or acupuncture.
stimulants at night. That means no tea or coffee or soft drinks
after five p.m. because these drinks contain caffeine that can
smoking in the night, a couple of hours before your sleeping time.
If you can quit smoking for good - all the better.
changes that help you sleep well are your best bet for beating insomnia.
note: Do you have sleepless nights? Can't seem to turn your
brain off, get to sleep, or stay asleep?
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with NightTrain has been so good that for the first time in my life
the alarm clock actually rips me out of sleep. Before I'd always been
conscious in some form before it went off. Now, thanks to NightTrain,
I'm deep in REM or stage 3 or 4 sleep before the alarm clock rings."
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