Periodic insomnia can be the result of a variety of things, from stress to serious health concerns. Unfortunately, insomnia tends to make everything worse. Sleep can’t be made up and one night of insomnia can result in days of exhaustion. If you’re suffering from chronic insomnia, it’s time to consult your doctor. But periodic or occasional insomnia can typically be remedied with some simple home remedies. There are many articles available about how to prevent insomnia, but if you’re sitting awake at night, you need something that works now! Here are a few things to try to finally get that good night’s sleep you’re craving:
Benadry is one of the best time-tested remedies for insomnia. While it’s technically medication, it tends not to be addictive and it’s nearly impossible to overdose on Benadryl. It also tends to disturb REM sleep cycles less than taking sleeping medication, so if you’re getting desperate, try taking an antihistamine.
In grade school, our teachers told us they kept the room cold to keep us awake. But the truth is that being cold is one of the best ways to fall asleep because your body temperature has to drop a bit to sleep. Try cranking up the air and throwing off sweat-inducing blankets. Taking a warm bath before bedtime can have a similar effect. It will raise your body temperature and then, as your temperature drops again, your body may be tricked into being sleepy.
Stop Thinking About It
All too often, insomiacs lay in bed willing themselves to sleep. This only creates stress and makes sleep much more likely. Don’t lay in bed for more than fifteen minutes. If you can’t sleep, read or do something that will take your mind off of your insomnia. Then try again.
In a fast paced world in which many of us don’t take care of our bodies, it’s easy to learn not to listen to the signals your body conveys to you. If you can’t sleep, it could actually be your body’s way of telling you you’re dehydrated. Try drinking a cool glass of water.
Drink A Glass of Red Wine
Drinking yourself to sleep tends to only worsen insomnia. However, red wine contains substances that, in small doses, can help to relax your body. Try drinking a glass of red wine an hour before bed, but if it doesn’t work, stop at one glass– drinking till you pass out doesn’t cure insomnia. It just masks it.
Block Out Sensory Overload
During the day, it’s easy not to notice how busy our surroundings are, and sometimes we fail to notice this even at night. However, loud sounds and lights can have an effect. Try using ear plugs and an eye mask to prevent the sensory overload that can lead to insomnia.
Try an Herbal Remedy
Both Valerian Root and Melatonin have been effective in preventing insomnia in some people, and may even work when taken right before bed. Give these proven herbal remedies a try as a home remedy or alternative to sleeping pills.
Insomnia is caused as much by what we do during the day as it is by what we do at night, so no home remedy is guaranteed to work. However, with careful establishment of a good sleep routine and a willingness to try different things till something works, you can be free of your insomnia!