Tips on falling asleep if you have insomnia

The best way to fall asleep is to have good sleep habits or to use natural sleep aids. But first visit with your doctor to make sure there are no medical reasons for the insomnia.

Insomnia means you are having a hard time going to sleep. It also can mean that you are having a hard time staying asleep. Many people with insomnia say that they remember turning and tossing all night or remember being awake most of the night. Nights when I have insomnia I just can’t seem to turn my mind off and often can’t even close my eyes.

The causes of insomnia are many and can be stress, anxiety, medications, caffeine, depression, or other mental conditions. And often it sometimes happens for no reason at all. Pain anywhere or an overactive mind may be causes. Finding the cause of insomnia is sometime the hardest problem but it the most necessary to cure it.

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. The visualization I sometime use is lying in the hot sun on a white sandy 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.

Other ways to help with sleep is to relax before bedtime. There are many ways to relax, watch television, read, soak in a warm bath or take a short walk. Soft music playing in the background helps some people fall asleep as well as white noise machines that are currently on the market. When I worked nights, I had to get one of these machines that made the sound of a water fall in order to fall asleep. Even after 15 years, I still can not fall asleep with out that sound.

It is advised that if you have trouble falling asleep and have tried all the natural tips in this article, then perhaps you need to see a sleep specialist. In our modern world, there are so many people having sleep problems that there is a medical subspecialty for sleep problems. Since insomnia can be a symptom of another medical problem, it is best to visit with your doctor and discuss your problems with sleep with him.

It is also recommended that before you start any herbal or OTC (over-the-counter) sleep aids that you check with your doctor.

These are a few of the many natural ways to help you fall asleep. But remember, if problems with sleep continue nightly for two or more weeks; be sure to meet with your primary care physician.