Insomnia helps and ways to reduce or cure it

Do you have insomnia and want to reduce or cure it? Below are several options for resetting you sleeping internal clock.

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.

The sources for insomnia can include 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.

If you believe you are not getting enough sleep or that you are suffering from insomnia, talk to your family doctor. If your family physician feels that you may suffer from insomnia and helpful tips for dealing with insomnia are not helping, he may ask that you keep a sleep diary, or even have you stay overnight at a sleep center so your sleep patterns can be monitored.

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.

There are prescription drugs which your doctor can prescribe as a sleeping aid. The most commonly ones prescribed for insomnia includes drugs such as Xanax or Valium. There are also a class of new medications which includes Ambien and Lunesta. These drugs have fewer side effects than Xanax or Valium and leave your body in about 4 hours. But all of these prescriptions can cause physical as well as psychological dependence. If your insomnia is caused by chronic pain, your doctor might prescribe Vicodin but here also is a medication that can cause addiction problems.

To help reduce or cure insomnia, it is best to try the natural methods to relax before turning to any type of drugs, whether over-the-counter or prescription medications. It is also advised to get a good physical from your doctor, to see if your insomnia is not a symptom of a more serious medical condition before starting any medications.