Sleep Disorders: Guide to a Better Night's Sleep

Sleep disorders such as insomnia cause more than just sleepiness. This can affect your relations, productivity, and overall enjoyment of life. This guide can put you on track to getting a better night’s sleep.

Do you have difficult falling asleep?

Do you wake up frequently throughout the night?

Do you rely on sleeping pills or alcohol to fall asleep?

These are some of the common symptoms of insomnia, one of the most common sleep disorders.

Nearly 32 million adults in the United States experience insomnia

Insomnia is a condition in which you experience chronic sleeplessness. You that whenever you go to bed for the night you constantly toss and turn, lie awake and cannot get to sleep no matter what remedy you try.

Though you may take comfort in the fact that so many people suffer from sleep disorders, the condition may worsen and exacerbate other problems in your life, if left untreated.

Two well-researched issues that are indelibly linked to each other are stress and insomnia.

Aside from stress, other conditions can also cause insomnia and sleep disorders.

Stress-related disorders like:

Medical problems that can cause insomnia include:

  • asthma,
  • kidney disease, and
  • allergies.

In addition, sleeping disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can also be the culprit.

Treatment for insomnia

When seeing your doctor for treatment of insomnia, you may be prescribed sleeping pills or other sleep aids to help you get a restful night of sleep.

However, the best treatment for insomnia is to target the underlying cause of the problem. For many people, this means getting help for stress and managing chronic stress on a daily basis.

The Mayo Clinic reports that cognitive behavior therapy (or CBT) with a trained psychologist or counselor, is an effective treatment and can help you develop good sleep habits.

Cognitive behavioral therapy with a professional involves:

  • sleep education
  • learning about sleep cycles
  • learning about the behaviors and factors that affect sleep.

Psychotherapy can help you manage stress and change the way you think about stressful situations and your inner self, a necessary step to decrease worries, anxieties and overall stress.

Other elements of this type of treatment may include:

  • stimulus-control therapy,
  • sleep restriction,
  • sleep hygiene,
  • relaxation training like hypnosis or meditation, and biofeedback.

Sleep habits are very responsive to hypnotic approaches. These hypnosis downloads to overcome sleep problems. Here are some hypnosis techniques to get a better nights sleep:

  • fall asleep fast hypnosis retrains your mind and body to fall asleep as nature intended

Self-help techniques to cure insomnia

Another technique for getting insomnia and some other sleep disorders under control is by keeping a sleep diary.

Using a sleep diary involves keeping a record of

  • the times that you go to bed,
  • the times that you wake up as well, and
  • recording the times you experience restlessness.

You write down your sleeping patterns, but you also keep track of your daytime habits.

This may help you understand some of the triggers of insomnia.

For example, some issues that often exacerbate insomnia include late-night caffeine, Internet surfing or watching TV late into the night.

Natural sleep aids target these issues through proper sleep hygiene.

Natural sleep remedies such as herbal supplements like valerian or lavender may be useful to get a better nights sleep.

Though insomnia is a serious problem that must be treated, you can practice many self-help techniques to reduce stress to get a good night's sleep. For example

....are all exercises that have been shown to relieve stress and improve your health.

You can also adopt new habits to help you sleep and prevent nights of sleeplessness. These may include anything from sticking to a regular sleep schedule to avoiding stressful situations before bedtime or throughout the day.

All of these techniques, in addition to professional help, can help you combat insomnia effectively.

If you liked article on sleep disorders then you may also like this article on symptoms of stress.

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