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How to Sleep More Deeply In the Night

written by Guest Blogger November 16, 2010

Editor’s Note: Today has been full of synchronicities and this guest post is just one example – it took me almost 4 hours to fall asleep last night! Today’s guest blogger, Jane Thompson, tells us about insomnia and shares a few sleep tips to help us overcome it.

Sleeplessness is becoming more and more epidemic in this world of increasing stressors and work stress. If you suffer from these kinds of stressors, you may be wondering just how some people seem to sleep like a baby.

 

It’s important to look into the various causes of insomnia before getting to the actual cures for the condition. Insomnia isn’t something that occurs overnight. It actually builds over time as a bad habit you get into. Insomnia can be caused by having a traumatic event in one’s life, such as a death of a family member or other trauma. In such cases, the insomnia can be sudden.

Stress can happen just because someone lives in an urban life, with traffic, people, family problems, financial troubles and some health issues. All of these things can cause you to begin to suffer from insomnia.

Certain illnesses can contribute to having insomnia, including depression, anxiety issues, body aches and pains, other mental issues, stroke, heart attack and other stress-inducing illnesses.

Many people struggle with recognizing the stress signals in the brain or ignore them. Insomnia comes out as a result, as well as blurry vision, headaches, tension, irritability and palpitations. Before you know it, you’re a wreck because you haven’t paid attention to the initial signals in the brain.

Stress in your life can cause your immune system to become weakened so that you are more prone to infections. This is also true of insomnia, which can impair the immune system due to lack of restorative sleep.

Think about using EFT which is Emotional Freedom Technique to help your mind and body relax enough so you can sleep. Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is another technique you can learn in order to get some practical sleep. They counteract the stress in your life so you can sleep better. When your troubles melt away and you feel no real stress, your body is allowed to fall asleep more easily and without disturbances.

Try to train your body and brain to sleep at the same time every night and get up the same time during the morning. Your body responds to the routine and you will sleep better overall. We all have a circadian rhythm or body clock that the body uses to keep the same habits during the day. Don’t diverge from your circadian rhythm and you will sleep better at night.

Any kind of worries or stress in your mind will negatively impact your sleep cycle. You can’t fall asleep with ease if your mind is rushing around thinking of your day or thinking of the things you have left to do.

In summary, dealing with mental distress is the key to getting enough sleep. Calm your mind and body every night and you will sleep like a baby. No one can have a stress-free lifestyle but if you try as hard as you can to reduce stressors, you will do a lot better in the sleep department.

Not everyone lies awake thinking of the same thing. While some may find the environment too uncomfortable, others probably worry too much and need to manage anxiety levels. For a complete understanding on any sleep related topic, visit my website for more Sleep Disorders Tips.

Hmm… It was definitely stress keeping me awake last night. Next time, I’m doing some deep breathing or try EFT out. Do you have any tips for to manage insomnia?

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World Spinner November 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

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Mitch Straus November 17, 2010 at 4:31 am

I’ve been a long time insomniac. It tends to come in bursts of about 2 weeks and then seems to go away.

I use a couple of the tips listed in the article. I try and get to bed around the same time every night.

Some other things I’ve tried is a carb curfew. I won’t eat carbs or sugar (or caffeine for that matter) after 7:30pm. I also try and do at least 40 minutes of exercise each day, but also not within 4 hours of bedtime. Supplementing melatonin is always an option but I haven’t tried that.

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Head Health Nutter November 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for the great suggestions, Mitch. I like them all. I did some relaxing yoga a few hours before bed and I slept like a baby!

Haven’t tried melatonin either but I’ve heard from several trustworthy natural health practitioners that it’s a natural, safe solution.

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman November 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thanks for this advice Jane. I’ve been having insomnia off and on for months now. So far I am using the time to be productive and do some work on computer.

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Steph Miller (a.k.a. Head Health Nutter) November 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

Emmanuel, my friend, sleep is so important and you’re the Motivatorman! We need you at the top of your game… I hope you try a few of the sleep tips Jane and Mitch have provided.

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Head Health Nutter December 1, 2010 at 12:44 am

Here are some more sleep tips from the Sunday Sun (one of them Mitch mentioned above!):

– sleep in a quiet and dark environment and turn down the thermostat.
– don’t allow pets in the bed.
– no reading, eating or watching TV in bed.
– don’t watch the clock.
– set a “wind down” time prior to bed time.
– drinking warm tea or milk to increase your body temperature, which helps induce and sustain sleep.
– exercise is good for sleep, but not within two hours of going to bed.

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Head Health Nutter January 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Dr. Ruth Lever Kidson shares 10 Great Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep on SelfGrowth.com: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/ten-great-tips-for-a-good-night-s-sleep

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James A. Randle May 4, 2012 at 4:56 am

“Think about using EFT which is Emotional Freedom Technique to help your mind and body relax enough so you can sleep. Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is another technique you can learn in order to get some practical sleep.”

-Yes, my friend is also a fan of EFT. She told me to do it too but i’m still looking for other EFT resources, i found this site http://eft.mercola.com/, anyone heard of this?

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Head Health Nutter May 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Hi James, thanks for popping on by Live Lighter and for your suggestions! I’ve tried EFT and I think it just takes practice and consistency to work. And yes, Dr. Mercola is a very trusted and brilliant source for all types of natural healing!

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