Trouble Sleeping

Having trouble sleeping isn’t an uncommon problem. Many, many adults experience trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. For me, my trouble sleeping is often brought on by stress. I have a very active mind anyway, and I can have difficulty getting to sleep if stress is making my brain work overtime. I just can’t seem to shut it off. Have you ever experienced trouble sleeping because your brain just wouldn’t go to sleep?

Other people have difficulty sleeping because of certain life situations. New parents, for instance, might have trouble getting to sleep and sleeping soundly even when their baby is sleeping, which can pose a huge problem. Some people also have physical problems – such as chronic pain or certain illnesses – that can cause them to have trouble sleeping.

Whatever your sleeping trouble is and wherever it comes from, there are solutions out there to help you. Here’s what you need to know about common sleeping problems and how you might be able to solve them:

Common Sleeping Troubles and Solutions

Short Term Insomnia: This is trouble sleeping that may just happen once in a while or on a regular basis once or twice a week. Often times, it’s caused by sleeping in too late one morning so that you aren’t tired that night, even though you have to get up earlier the next day. Many people should just get up earlier on the weekend mornings, and they would nip this problem in the bud.

Circadian Rhythm Disruptions: Did you know your body naturally gets sleepy and wakes up at certain times? Shift work, working in artificial light, staying up too late, and other things can disrupt our natural circadian rhythm, making it harder to wake up and stay asleep at the right times. You can shift your rhythm by getting light during the day and sleeping in the dark at night. You may also be able to take melatonin, under the direction of your doctor, to regulate your rhythm when you’re having trouble sleeping.

Caffeine and Nicotine Insomnia: You may not think about it, but nicotine is actually a stimulant that can keep you up at night. Smoking cigarettes can actually lead to sleeplessness at night. Of course, caffeine, as you know, can also wire your body to stay awake, and for some people, it will actually leave them more tired in the morning. It’s really a vicious cycle that can only be broken when you totally eliminate caffeine from your diet as much as possible.

Drug Related Insomnia: Several types of prescription drugs have been known to cause insomnia. If you’re on prescription drugs, do some research to see if they might be causing you to have trouble sleeping. Then, talk to your doctor about switching medications or changing your dosage to ensure that you can get good sleep at night.

A Natural Solution

If you’re having trouble sleeping and think it may be related to one of these types of insomnia or to something else altogether, I’d recommend you check out the Sleep Well and Tight book. It’s got tons of information on common sleep problems, as well as solutions to these issues. One thing that’s great about it is that it discusses both natural and prescription solutions for dealing with sleeplessness, so you get all your options laid out in front of you before you decide what might work best for you.

Sleeping is a natural occurrence, and trouble sleeping can often be solved by natural means. Before you jump right into drugs, which can be dangerous and counter-productive, try natural solutions for easing your sleeplessness first.

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