Trouble sleeping?

Well, join the club of millions of men, women, children who all have some problems with sleep sometime during their lives. Everyone has had those occasional nights where you turn and toss all night and then wake up feeling as if you haven’t slept any at all. And any parent knows about the nights when your child or baby is up most of the night with bad dreams are who knows what – those nights when they just wake up crying and so your sleep also gets interrupted.

A few nights of sleeping problems usually doesn’t have any lasting effect but continual nights with lack of sleep can cause health problems to develop no matter what your age is. Children with ongoing sleep problems need to have the reasons for the problem resolved.

Something as simple as a stuffed animal making shadows on the wall could be the problem. And take the TV out of the child’s room. The child needs to have the same bedtime every night. Don’t give the child any sugar, soda or chocolate before bedtime because all three are stimulants which lead to problems with sleep.

Trouble sleeping for adults can be caused from a variety of reasons – from an old, lumpy mattress to worrying about things that you really have no control over. Most of the time, your sleeping pattern returns to normal in a few days.

So, if you can’t sleep, go into another room and watch TV or read and you eventually will get sleepy and ready for bed. Insomnia is a problem when it becomes chronic and when it begins to affect your health. There are many OTC (over-the-counter) sleeping aids that are very effective that can help with sporadic problems sleeping at night.

If you are one of those lucky people that work from home, you need to take a break and relax before you try to go to sleep. Your bedroom should be only a place for rest and should be stress free. And just like children, adults should avoid any stimulants before bedtime.

Occasional trouble sleeping is not a problem until you begin to see problems developing with your health because of the lack of sleep or if these sleep problems last longer than a couple of weeks.