There are a number of reasons why you may, now and then, undergo nights of sleeplessness. It can be worries about not being able to pay your bills, being unemployed, or depressed because of an illness in the family. But when the problem persists indefinitely, it is time to consult your doctor or do anything mentally and physically helpful in the way of coming to terms with your problem.
Nothing can be kinder than sleep. It is so important that its deprivation might eventually affect your health, one way or the other. This category of sleep disorder, known as insomnia. is a common ailment affecting millions of people around the world without any advance warning before its onset, in spite of your excellent health. Its a scenario that doctors cannot help cure, other than prescribing sleep- inducing drugs, or advising you to relax and find a way to be more active. According to Joyce Walsleben, Ph.D, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York University, if you do not sleep at night, your brain will try to sleep during the day and that can make you even more miserable. It can also be dangerous. Study has shown that sleep-deprived people are far more likely to suffer work injuries and car accidents than those who sleep at night.
The more you worry about getting a good night’s sleep , the less likely you are to actually get it. Ironically, there are those that can fall asleep while sitting in a chair, watching the evening news, but, as soon as it is time to go to bed, they start to worry. Worrying before going to bed, is considered as a common prelude to sleeplessness. Fear of sleeplessness becomes a foregone conclusion. It is a problem that can be considered psychological in some respects.
Some tips that can help: l) Try and relax; 2) Be active and organized; 3) Before going to bed, try not to worry about unpaid bills, disobedient children, or inconsiderate bosses; 4) If it makes you feel more at ease, try to write down your worries on paper, prior to going to bed. Doing so, may get them out of your head; 5) Slow down. Do not stay up too late, working long hours; 6) Take a warm bath before going to bed. It helps relax your muscles; 7) Drink a glass of hot milk fifteen minutes before going to bed; Avoid caffeine, cigarettes and other stimulants; 9) Do not count the hours.
Insomnia can be caused by many things, such an aching back and depression. It can be temporary, but if it drags on for a number of days, you should see a doctor.