The average person gets between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night, although there are some that sleepless and some that sleep more. If you are experiencing sleepless nights regularly, you may have a condition known as insomnia. Insomnia is actually quite common and affects millions of people per year. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or simply something different and new in your life, losing sleep is a common byproduct of such.
Good news is that there are alternative sleep treatments you can try if you are struggling with sleep loss. Here are a few:
There are plenty of relaxation techniques that canbe used in your favor when it comes to sleeping peacefully. The first one you can try is called visualization. Imagine walking on a peaceful beach with the moon shining right above you and the waves lightly crashing at your feet. Imagine lying in a field of flowers surrounding you. If you can focus on something peaceful and relaxing, you can calm your mind and body down making sleep easier to reach.
You can also try yoga, as it combines breathing exercises with meditation. Studies have been composed showing the benefits of doing yoga every day and how your sleep patterns change for the better. When practicing yoga, focus solely on your body and mind completely relaxing.
Acupuncture is also a known relaxation technique that can greatly help your insomnia and ensure a good night’s sleep. Acupuncture helps your body to release a secretion called melatonin which is the chemical needed for relaxation. After a few weeks of acupuncture, studies have found that individuals were sleeping better and longer throughout the night.
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that taps into the essential oils from plants as well as various pleasant aromas to aid in changing someone’s mood and the atmosphere of the room. It has been known to help bring the essence of relaxation into a room, making it easier to relax and fall asleep.
Meditation is a wonderful tool to bring yourself to a relaxed state. Simply lie in bed at night, close your eyes, and focus on the breath. Try not to let your mind wander about and if it does, gently bring your attention back to your breath. Relax from head to toe and before you know it, you’ll be sleeping like a baby.
Your diet not only affects your skin, health, weight, and mood, it affects your sleep. If you are struggling with insomnia or unhealthy sleep patterns, your diet could blamed for it. What you put in your body has an affect; either good or bad.
Eliminate Caffeine: The first thing in your diet that can seem like a necessity is caffeine. Caffeine is in coffee, soda, energy drinks, and even teas. If you want a good night’s sleep, avoid consuming any form of caffeine hours before your bedtime.
Avoid Sugar: Sugary foods are in a similar category as caffeine in the way they give your body energy. The sugars you consume throughout the day can have horrendous affects on your sleep and just as caffeine should not be consumed before bedtime, sweets hold the same position.
There are many reasons why you are not sleeping well at night and if you are seriously concerned about it, you should always consult your doctor. Sleep is a very important part of life and as simple as the problem can seem, there could be complicated reasons why sleep does not come easily for you. Try these tips I have provided and see if they can be the solution for your problem.
- The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more.
- Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia.
- In general, people who exercise regularly fall asleep easier and sleep sounder. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.
It is my continued desire to share knowledge about all things that help us thrive, flourish, create, maintain and share happiness. I can’t emphasize enough what a good night of restorative sleep does for our bodies, minds and emotions. In my experience as health and wellness editor at Sleep and Wellness Magazine I have been called upon to weave a user-friendly true story about the nature of our inner garden and the impact of “sleep-fulness” and sleeplessness upon our overall health and wellbeing. Modern life has made many aspects of the daily routine easier and at the same time, added volumes of stress that make the simple pleasures, such as a great sleep, somewhat illusive. When we learn to slow down and “be” with life, in life and immersed with presence and attention wonderful things can happen. Enjoy this series on the Magic of Sleep!