This question has been on the lips of some friends of mine lately and so I decided to do some research about this annoying affection of which I am sure a lot of you have to deal with. After talking with a doctor and consulting some books I can say I have found some interesting things about this affection. Here is what I found out:
Insomnia can appear in some persons in the beginning of the night. These people accuse difficulties in falling asleep and they go the bed late having the certainty that they will not be able to fall asleep. In their case the stress of not being able to fall asleep is what mostly keeps them awake. When they are almost drowsing they wake up and fall back to sleep quite difficult.
Another type of insomnia is the midnight insomnia. People suffering of this type of insomnia go to sleep without problems but they wake up around 2-3 a.m. and can not go back to sleep any more. Of this type of insomnia suffer mostly people who have a depression or rough thoughts on their mind.
The chronic insomnia is another possibility. This type of insomnia persists for a long period of time and affects drastically the life rhythm. People suffering of chronic insomnia are sleepy during the day, have memory and attention issues, are nervous and drink a lot of coffee or black tea in the attempt of keeping themselves in a good shape. In this way they only nurture their insomnia, they enter a vicious circle and make their insomnia permanent.
My doctor said that our lifestyle is mainly responsible for our insomnia. Traveling, time-belts, intense activities can lead to a change in our sleeping patterns. Our daily stress, worries, a death of a loved one, a divorce and any kind of frustrations are responsible for our sleeping sufferance.
There are some solutions for insomnia. First of all people who have sleeping problems should adopt a healthy lifestyle. This means that they should avoid eating bounteous meals in the evening, practice sports or any rough intellectual activities right before going to sleep.
It is best to have a light meal in the evening, eat it patiently and enjoy the flavors it offers your senses. Instead of drinking coffee or black tea try drinking chamomile tea or linden tea. These two tee types will prepare you for you sleep, they will help you relax and forget about your daily worries. Even a glass of warm milk can do wonders.
If you are a stressed person try listening to music before going to sleep. A gentle kind of music that you enjoy will most likely help your mind relax. If you like reading books that is great. You should read a few pages right before going to sleep.
Another thing to remember is to avoid going to bed too early. Go to bed somewhere before midnight and if you see that after half an hour you still did not fall asleep then get up, go to another room and read a book. After feeling relaxed try going to sleep again.
If you are thinking of taking sleeping pills, well, you should know that doctors recommend their intake only for a few days so that they do not cause addiction. But instead of sleeping pills you can always try a poppy infusion (one teaspoon of this plant for a small cup of hot water). Drink this with 30 minutes before going to bed. You can also try the cowslip tea (25 grams of this flower added to a cup of hot water). Two spoons of this tea are being taken 3-4 times a day and the last one is being taken with 30 minutes before going to bed.
I hope these easy to do tips for sending insomnia away will help you, as they have helped a few of my friends for sure.
Good luck and take care!
Ways to deal with insomnia By Anca Cioca.