Tips on falling asleep if you have insomnia

Here we will look at some tips on helping a person fall asleep. Many people wonder how long it should take for a person to fall asleep. There are several factors that this depends on – how tired is the person, when they last ate, what they last ate and a number of other factors. If a person suffers from sleep problems, it can seems as if it is taking hours for you to fall asleep.

Insomnia is when you have difficulty going to sleep. It also can mean you have difficulty staying asleep. Those who suffer with insomnia say they toss and turn all night long or can remember being awake during night. When I have insomnia I can’t seem to stop my mind from racing and sometimes can’t even shut my eyes.

It normally takes me about a half hour to fall asleep, but my son is asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow.

The television often helps me fall asleep so I have it set on a timer to shut off after a half hour. I also need total dark and my bedroom needs to be ice cold – even in summer. This doesn’t help save energy!

There are behavioral or natural treatments for insomnia. One relaxation techniques is practiced by tensing muscles and then relaxing each muscle one at a time. Another technique is to repeat a set of visualizations which produces a relaxed state. My favorite visualization is lying in the sun on a white beach on the Gulf Coast somewhere.

It is also good to be able to manage the stress in your life as this can allow you to more easily relax at night or when it’s time to sleep. Another helpful method is to associate the bedroom with sleeping by limiting the time spent in the bedroom for non-sleep activities. So take your television, computer and office out of the bedroom. Also reduce the use of stimulants such as caffeine and avoid large meals just before bed as this can help reduce insomnia. A person can also try soaking in a hot bath to relax or listening to some soft music before going to bed.

Melatonin is an aid for helping people with problems sleeping. It is helpful for people who have insomnia caused by working the night shift, or from jet lag. Melatonin occurs naturally when serotonin in the body is exposed to decreased light.

Other common over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medications such as Nytol or Sominex can also be tried but, again, a person should discuss with their primary care physician before taking any of these sleep aids especially if you suffers from or are being treated for depression, mental health problems or Parkinson’s disease.

If you have trouble falling asleep and have tried all these natural tips, then perhaps you need to see a sleep specialist. There are currently so many people having sleep problems that there is now a medical subspecialty for sleep problems. Since insomnia can be a symptom other medical problems, it is best to make an appointment with your doctor and discuss your sleeping problems with him.

But even with all the tips on falling asleep, it is still different with each person on how to fall asleep.