Millions of people suffer from insomnia and many feel helpless and depressed because they don't know how to get back to their normal sleeping patterns. Don't fret; keep faith and try a few of these insomnia tips to help you get a restful night's sleep.
Caffeine: Don't drink any liquids that have caffeine in them after midday. Caffeine affects your body for hours after it has entered your system. When you do get enough rest you may not need the copious amounts of coffee or other caffeinated beverages that you drink in the morning.
Exercise: Try to be more active; take a long walk after dinner instead of sitting on the couch. Physical exertion is not only good for making you tired but it is also heart healthy and will make you stronger and more confident.
Naps: Naps are a no-no. Resist the temptation of taking that wonderful afternoon or pre-dinner nap. You will not be able to get to sleep at a normal hour and because of that you will feel tired and washed out in the morning.
Alcohol: Do not drink excessively. You may fall asleep, or more likely pass out, but your body will not receive the quality sleep that you desire.
Hours of Sleep: Think about the amount of time you need to feel rested. Is it six hours, eight hours? You decide and then calculate your bed time and the time you need to wake up. You may need the help of an alarm clock. Once you have this figured out, stick to it.
Soothing Music: You could always try to put on some calm and relaxing music while you are preparing for bed. You could also take a warm bath to help calm your body. These things can become a signal for your mind and body that it is time for bed.
Medication: Before taking any medication, whether over the counter or prescribed, talk with your doctor about your sleeping habits. Your doctor may want to run some tests before he or she prescribes medication. Sleeping pills can be addictive, so you must be very careful with them.
An alternative to prescribed medications are herbal anxiety remedies. These remedies are all natural and the ingredients in them are not addictive, nor do they produce the harmful side effects connected with some prescribed medications. Do an online search on insomnia herbal remedies and check out the ingredients. Make certain they are top-quality and they treat insomnia.