Coping With Insomnia

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Dangers of Insomnia

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Inability to enjoy a full night’s sleep can interfere with productivity throughout the day. Because our bodies rejuvenate cells at rest, insomnia, or sleep deprivation, can lead to a wide range of physical and mental health issues.

It can affect your concentration and decision-making abilities, impair your motor skills, and lead to feelings of fatigue, depression or irritability. It also increases your risk of developing long-term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity. In severe cases, death can result.

One reason for sleep disruption is a mind that is trying to process too many troubling thoughts. Anxiety over procrastination or trauma require progressive actions to eliminate the source of frustration.

Solutions for Insomnia

Neurologists, psychotherapists, otolaryngologists, nutritionists, and sleep experts weigh in on possible solutions. In cases of chronic insomnia, see a health professional, or two.

There are a few things that can help. One is to establish a regular sleep routine, ensuring you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Avoid naps and limit activities in bed, such as using your phone or laptop. During the day, try not to consume caffeine, nicotine or alcohol, as these can interfere with your sleep patterns.

Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark and quiet. Try some relaxation exercises such as yoga and deep breathing to help you wind down in the evening.

For occasional insomnia, some people utilize the opportunity to explore creativity. They get up to write, draw, or compose music. You might rise and sip something warm—perhaps camomille tea. Other insomniacs lay in bed with the digital version of counting sheep—posting to social media, which is not an effective remedy.

Here’s a thought. Consider repurposing the time to compose a letter to someone in need of encouragement. The positive deed can be relaxing. Shorten your list of accumulating tasks. If that isn’t sufficient, pop in some earbuds and listen to ClinicalNovellas until you doze back into slumberland.

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