For as long as scientists have known that sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and chronic insomnia, can lead to serious health problems and they have know about it for many years, all sorts of insomnia cures have been marketed as the latest silver bullet.
Difficulty sleeping may be a real danger signal for a more serious illness although behavioural and environmental changes can have more of a positive impact on sleep than sleeping pills, sleep aids or other medications, without the risk of side effects or dependence.
Many people enviously read about Churchill or Edison’s sleeping habits and hope they could train themselves to sleep only 4 hours per night having far more time for other activities and more importantly not feeling the sleepiness during the waking hours that accompany insomnia.
Insomnia and worse chronic insomnia, the inability to get to sleep or sleep well at night, is a very common sleeping problem and is the most common sleeping disorder, a condition more prevalent in the western world than type 2 diabetes.
Although research suggests that people with chronic insomnia don’t usually become sleeping pill addicts, the use of sleeping pills over long periods of time, or in higher doses than recommended, can cause a rebound of insomnia that returns when you stop taking the medications.
As a result, it takes additional pills for people to sleep, with a tendency to up their dosage. People take sleeping pills because they don’t see rest as regenerative and refreshing and have reduced so much bed time that they have to get some fast sleep each night. So as one of the most used of insomnia cures, sleeping pills are not the answer.
Only take a sleeping pill when you will have enough time to get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Sleeping pills can help people sleep better, some feel more alert in the morning, others feel groggy and they are not for everyone. If you sleep against your natural rhythm you will often experience tiredness or drowsiness that can be resolved by adjusting your sleeping hours.
The most important advice for sleep deprived sufferers is to use your sleeping room for sleep only (and sex of course), keeping it dark and quiet.
With the currently available data on sleep the conclusion is to not try to compress NREM 2 by sleeping less. NREM is the non-rapid eye movement sleep, most of which is the less useful form of light sleep within the range of sleep stages.
With a little practice, these skills can improve your sleep better than a sleeping pill or sleep aid.
A huge chunk of the population inflict pain, misery and mental strife on themselves and their families by trying to regulate their sleep with alarms, irregular shift-work, sleeping pills, alcohol, caffeine, etc. By using artificial mechanisms like the electric light, alarm clocks and sleeping pills, we have wreaked havoc on the sleep process.
Your medical professional may decide you should go to a sleep clinic where you can be prescribed tablets in a way that will help avoid dependence however there is good news for the sleep deprived as in most cases of insomnia, cures can be of your own doing, without relying on sleep specialists or turning to prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills.
Now that being said there is a huge amount of advice and recommendations, a lot of which is on this site, which will almost certainly be of great benefit, but I find that for people I’ve spoken to in the past, a lot of the ideas are to radical and means too big a change in their lifestyle.
Using relaxation for sleep can be a useful technique, as can treating the anxiety and stress that can be the cause of insomnia.
Then there are all the good foods you can digest and all the bad stuff you should avoid but of all the insomnia cures out there, there is one that, since the 1980’s, that has been used to improve memory and concentration as well as treat ADHD, depression and YES! you’ve guessed it, insomnia.
It’s an audio option that trains the brain or “brainwave entrainment” – it sounds a little out there but as an option it doesn’t require a huge change in lifestyle or major commitment.