What is Insomnia & How to Treat It
Many people are facing the bad experience of Insomnia, what is exactly Insomnia and do we treat it?
Many people are experiencing insomnia, but what insomnia exactly is? Insomnia is the inability to fall, and stay asleep. It goes a bit deeper than that. Researchers are starting to recognize insomnia as a problem of the brain, unable to stop being awake.
There are also multiple factors that may be involved in your inability to sleep:
• Medical & psychiatric conditions
• Specific substances
• Biological factors
• Heavy meals late at night, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol etc..
• Depression & anxiety
Sleep is very important
Sleep is when it all goes down. This is the moment when your body repairs and rejuvenates itself. But there’s a big problem when you don’t get enough sleep.
When you deprive yourself of sleep, you can elevate stress hormones, primarily cortisol. Stress hormones are really important, they are involved in your fight of flight system, it helps us jump out of the way of a speeding car or plowing through the crowds at a Black Friday sale.
The problem with cortisol
So clearly a stress hormone is actually needed but when something like cortisol is constantly elevated over the long term, this is when you’re looking at trouble. Cortisol is raised by lack of sleep because your body thinks it must be facing some sort of trauma, or else why wouldn’t you be sleeping?
Your body doesn’t know if you’re facing famine, environmental disaster or you’re just up all night watching Game of Thrones. All it knows is there must be some significant issue keeping you from sleeping and in turn, it releases all this cortisol. Over time, this elevated stress hormone which is higher in insomniacs level can lead to a lot of problems such as:
• Headaches & dizziness
• Panic disorders
• Heart diseases
• Weight gain & obesity
Natural remedies for Insomnia
Now you can see why you can’t deprive yourself of sleep, so now you’re understanding this but how do you deal with dreaded insomnia? Let’s look at a few ways:
• Go to sleep earlier
Seems pretty straight forward & simple, but you really need to make it a point to get going to bed at least an hour before you normally do.
This is one of the best insomnia cures and it’s free, people who exercise regularly report better sleep. It also doesn’t have to be that much even just 30 minutes to 4 times a week can help to combat insomnia and improve sleep.
• Keep your room as dark as possible
Darkness also helps to secrete melatonin which it can’t do if there’s always blaring light coming through your eyes.
• Watch out for caffeine
You must be aware of the effects of caffeine, but you might not know it can last in the body a lot longer than you realize, the noticeable effects of caffeine kick in within 10 to 20 minutes and can last 2 to 3 hours. So if you’re having a coffee at 4-5 PM, this may be why you can’t fall asleep at 11 PM that night.
• Drink herbal tea
Chamomile tea, valerian root, passion flower, California poppy, it’s seems to help people fall asleep faster & stay asleep. It might be something to discuss with your doctor as it may not be best to use in the long term even though it’s natural.