Undoubtedly, many of those who suffer insomnia (sleeplessness) may have asked pieces of advice from their elders or friends for a natural panacea but nothing works. So, these insomniacs usually go to the hospitals or clinics with the hope of getting a pill, or medicine that would relieve his insomnia. Commonly the doctor would easily prescribe a tranquilizer that could put the patient to sleep. However, if the dose of tranquilizer is high, the wake-sleep rhythm or pattern can be reversed and sleep can become irregular. The person may doze throughout the day and then be unable to sleep at night. Besides, the use of tranquilizer is also addicting.
Insomnia is known as the inability to sleep during normal sleeping hours at night when there is no apparent reason for wakefulness. It is actually a real medical disorder characterized by these conditions:
- Difficulty in falling asleep
- Waking up in the middle of the night and failing to go back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning and failing to go back to sleep
- Feeling tired upon waking
Insomnia does not only affect the quality of your sleep but of your entire life as well. Imagine having no energy to do important tasks, to go out, with family and friends, or play with your kids because you feel weak because you lack sleep. It can get so bad that insomniacs can fall into a state of depression. It is a known fact that all mental and emotional disorders are initiated or start with difficulty of sleeping.
Insomnia per se is not a disease. It can be a symptom of stress, anxiety, pain or other nagging unresolved conflicts or problems.
Today, authorities have recommended various ways of non-medical steps to treat insomnia. For in stance, here are some practical and much safer non-medical approaches to do:
- Avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee, tea or cola a few hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol and nicotine at night. These are also stimulants.
- Avoid eating too much or eating spicy, acidic or sugary foods close to bedtime.
- Find a relaxing bedtime routine. A warm bath or a warm glass of milk (“Tryptophan” an ingredient in milk) before bedtime can induce sleepiness. Don’t read or watch T.V. in bed as these activities will keep your mind alert.
- Avoid catnaps during the day.
- Avoid heated argument in bed. Instead, pray together for peace.