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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Insomnia


The last time I had really bad insomnia was when I was in Matric and busy writing exams. Since then, I've slept like a baby every night...every night until last night. I don't know what it was,  but my brain refused to let me go to sleep. I couldn't stop thinking about things, it was like there was a movie playing in my head that just wouldn't turn off! I tried all the usual remedies - counting sheep, I got up and made myself a cup of milo, I read a few pages from my book....but nothing seemed to help. 3am was the last time I looked at the clock and I'm not sure what time I eventually got to sleep.

I found a few useful sites on insomnia, trust good old google to have all the answers - let's hope a few of these help tonight or when next insomnia decides to strike.

       Well Known Remedies for Insomnia
  • Eat a bedtime snack
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  • Sleep in a well-ventilated room
  • Get some physical excercise during the day
  • If you can't sleep, get up
  • Avoid illuminated bedside clocks
  • Get up earlier
  • Drink herbal tea / warm milk
  • Take a warm bath / have a massage
  • Avoid stimulating activity or stressful situations before bed
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Yoga and meditation
  • And of course counting sheep or other animals helps for some!

And for interests sake, a few common causes of Insomnia...

  • Are you under a lot of stress?
  • Are you depressed? Do you feel emotionally flat or hopeless?
  • Do you struggle with chronic feelings of anxiety or worry?
  • Have you recently gone through a traumatic experience?
  • Are you taking any medications that might be affecting your sleep?
  • Do you have any health problems that may be interfering with sleep?
  • Is your sleep environment quiet and comfortable?
  • Do you try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day?

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