Can’t sleep? Many men have settled into the habit of just giving up on fighting their bodies’ reluctance to settle down and getting a good night’s sleep. You may think you’ve tried everything, but have you really, and is it important enough of a problem to try to cure your insomnia?
You can fight sleeping but you can’t fight the fact that sleeping is a natural part of the human life. While the amount of sleep a person needs varies based on their specific body (brain, muscles, metabolism), it is vital that you are getting a healthy amount of sleep per night to function daily and in the long term. Many men think that dealing with the burden of fatigue and poor judgment is the only consequence of insomnia — the condition leads to dangerous symptoms that are a realistic threat such as a weakened immune system, depression, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and brain disorders later in life.
The National Sleep Foundation has published average amounts of sleep needed based on a person’s age.
Practical solutions to cure your insomnia
You already know most of the practical things you can do to change your insomniac sleeping habits: dim or turn off the lights; exercise during the day and prior to bedtime to expend extra energy that your body has, moderately fill your stomach (but not with caffeinated products), listen to calming music, or take a warm shower. Most of the time while you’re lying in bed trying to get to sleep but can’t, the easiest solution is to actually to open your eyes and wake up because this takes more energy for your body to do, or to get completely out of bed and do something such as read or watch television for a short period of time. The key is to bring your body to a state of ease and comfort that makes it easy to be lulled off to sleep.
Your body has a natural tendency to get ready to go to sleep around the same times on a regular cycle, so you can plan to practice these habits ahead of the bedtime you have in mind. All you have to do is make the effort to make the lifestyle changes.
Stresses of an Experienced Insomniac
If you have suffered from chronic insomnia and are experienced with not getting a healthy amount of sleep, it’s probably time to examine your lifestyle for the causes of stress or anxiety. Stress is a major proponent of insomnia; a lifestyle filled with stressful habits and activities is prone to lead to either poor sleeping habits or insomnia.
It’s time to lower the affect these factors have on your life so that you can stop losing sleep as a direct consequence of them. Negative relationships, situations, and that instigate stress should be removed so that you can start living more healthfully and stop losing sleep.
Remedies for Insomnia
There are many OTC sleep aids that use antihistamines as a mild sedative that you can pick up at your local pharmacy — any of the products that say “PM” on them such as Advil, Unisom, or Benadryl will use the same medications as a quick treatment for your insomnia. These are not meant to be solutions if you are looking for a permanent cure for insomnia. If you intend to take a form of medication on a permanent and regular basis, you may want to consider purchasing natural alternatives that promote better sleeping such as St. John’s Wort, Melatonin, Chamomile, or Valerian. Otherwise it’s time to head to your doctor: