VARIOUS CAUSES OF INSOMNIA ARE GIVEN BELOW
Wrong unhealthy choices to cope with sleeplessness
What are Circadian Rhythms?
Anxiety and stress of day to day living disrupts the circadian rhythms. These add up to making one unable to unwind and relax prior to sleeping. We are left tired, bleary eyed, and with reduced energy and brainpower.
NATURAL SLEEP AIDS
Natural components in herbs, with vitamin and nutrient support place one in a calm and relaxed state. These are needed for a good sleep, not the on / off switch of forceful medication.
However, strict monitoring by a physician is essential. Care should be taken not to operate machinery or drive. Adolescents, pregnant or lactating women should not try anything without doctor's advice.
A night time ritual- a warm scented bath, meditation, soothing music, avoiding tea/ coffee/ alcohol and closing the mind to stress and worry are very effective.
Care should be taken to get full quota of sleep - 6 to 8 hours.
Highlighting the exact cause of this problem is very difficult. Many factors influence lack of sleep such as a hot and stuffy room may leave a person restless throughout the night while a cold room makes a person sleep more than required. Experts have observed this that brightness in the room confuses the brain and thereby sending wrong signals about the time. The same situation is repeated if one sleeps in a dark room. These situations tend to upset the body clock.
Here are a few suggestions to help you wake up fresh and bright:
If one has a time to go to bed that that allows you to sleep and get up in the morning, stick to it. Do not oversleep during a weekend or on a holiday, this tends to disturb the internal clock of the body. Avoid working late in the evenings and in the night.
Apprehensions are common in everybody's life, which results from work, family, fiends etc. One should avoid tension or at least try forgetting it before going to sleep. There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than a good night sleep. It is advisable to relax in the morning by doing activities one enjoys the most rather than thinking about your problems.
One should avoid pills for an elaborate period, especially sleeping pills. Pills effect the central nervous system to an extent that it is unable to communicate with the brain, leading to improper sleep. Intake of alcohol before going to sleep is an unhealthy habit as it also tends to disturb the central nervous system.
Regular intake of caffeine, present in coffee is one of the reasons for late rising. Addiction of coffee increases the caffeine intake leading to lethargic behavior in the morning. One should substitute coffee with other healthy and nutritious drinks.
One should not sleep at irregular hours on a holiday or on weekends. Even extra sleep enjoyed while travelling in a bus or in a car can prove to be harmful. This leads to weakness in muscles, headaches etc.
This is another major sleep disturbance. The contraction of leg muscles disturbs the brain continuously during the night. This causes restlessness and pain in the legs. Bathing in warm water before going to sleep can help relax the body.
The above suggestions can help people to sleep comfortably and get up afresh in the morning. For repeated problems one should always take the assistance of a medical practitioner.