Posted on Aug 8, 2012 in Health & safety
Sometimes I have a lot of trouble falling asleep at night, and I spend the day after just wiped out. What can I do to get to sleep and stay in dreamland all night?
Whether its the fear of dreams of cannibalistic clowns, noisy neighbors, a snoring partner, stress, or just the inability to shut your brain off at night, insomnia is no fun.
While ongoing, chronic insomnia is a true medical condition that you should consult your physician about, we all go through periods of time where we just… can’t sleep. So what to do?
Sure, there are over the counter sleeping pills you can take — the vast majority of which are simply the antihistamine Benadryl — they tend to lose effectiveness over time as your body builds a tolerance, and they can leave you feeling groggy and generally lousy the next morning. The good news is, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends the use of non-medicinal techniques you can use to help you get to sleep — and stay asleep — before trying the pharmaceutical route.
>> Why can’t most people remember their dreams?
These simple behaviors, cleverly referred to by the University of Maryland Medical Center as “sleep hygiene,” are easy to implement — and remember. Let’s take a look at some of their recommendations.
Now, if you’ve tried any/most/all of these over the course of a couple weeks without success, then it might be time to talk to your physician — you might need to try a sleep study or see if there is a medical problem that keeps you up at night.
Hopefully, just a little attitude adjustment and some time will get you to Sweet Dreamsville in no time at all.
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