While most people do not consider insomnia to be an actual illness, it is actually a sleep disorder, which may cause adverse effects on one’s health, both physically and mentally. A person suffering from insomnia may face difficulty in going to sleep at night, or may not be able to sleep for long periods of time. This may be caused due to various reasons, such as depression, sleep apnoea, prescription drugs, eating habits, exercise schedules or the sleeping environment. In order to fight off, or sleep off, insomnia, a person suffering from it may need to address its causes with the following approaches.
Change Your Environment
The reason you may not be able to fall asleep easily at night could quite simply be a fault in your bedroom. If your bedroom is too bright or has no proper heat control, or sound proofing done, then these may act as barriers to your sleep. Make changes to your room in a way that none of these distractions exist, and you may be able to see yourself dozing off, a lot sooner than usual. In addition, avoid spending time in your room for anything other than sleeping. If you eat, watch movies or play video games in your bedroom, then your brain may automatically recognize it as a place to have fun. By only using your bedroom for sleeping purposes, it will send a trigger to your brain, as soon as you get into bed, that it is time to get some shut eye.
Treat Other Disorders
Sometimes your insomnia may be due to another sleeping disorder such as sleep apnoea. This is a disorder where you experience irregular breathing during sleep, which may in turn be caused by snoring. This can be battled to a certain extent with snoring remedies such as exercise and change of sleeping posture.
If such simple snoring remedies do not work, there is medical treatment available for snoring as well. By regaining proper breathing patterns during sleep, a person may not be awakened in the middle of the night so much, since there is less interruption to their sleep.
Change How You Eat
Sometimes the reason you may find it difficult to fall asleep may be due to the fact that your body is still digesting your dinner. Therefore avoid having meals late, and try to eat your dinner a couple of hours before bedtime. You will also need to reduce the consumption of fatty foods during dinnertime, since they take a longer time to digest. In addition, your regular intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol should be reduced as much as possible, since these will either stop you from falling asleep, as in the case of coffee, or will cause you restless sleep.