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?