After a long, tiring day, all you want to do is get the 8 hours of sleep you deserve. For some people, however, this is easier said than done, especially if they have insomnia.
What is insomnia?
If you find yourself having trouble sleeping, you may have insomnia. According to guidelines from researchers, insomnia is when you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when you have the chance to do so.
Individuals with insomnia may feel dissatisfied with their sleep and experience one or more of these symptoms: low energy, fatigue, difficulty in focusing, mood disturbances, and decreased performance at work or in school.
Causes of insomnia
The condition can be caused by irregularities, either in the sleeping environment or in the timing of a person’s sleep. It may also be caused by stress or unhealthy habits. In some cases, insomnia is a symptom of depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders.
How to treat insomnia naturally
While there are medicines that help with insomnia, there are natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can try to get better sleep. Here are some natural insomnia remedies that may help:
Being physically active during the day can make you feel “tired” enough by the time you need to go to bed. After you exercise, your body temperature drops and helps you feel sleepy. Avoid exercising right before bedtime though, as this activates your stress response system, making you more alert.
Switch off devices one hour before bedtime
Fiddling with your phone or watching TV before bedtime can stimulate your senses and keep you awake. Make it a habit to avoid these devices one hour before you turn in.
Keep dinner light
Try eating heavier meals during the day and light meals at night. This is so your body won’t be hard at work digesting food when it should be sleeping. You may also want to skip midnight snacking.
Enjoy an infusion that helps with sleep
For restful sleep, have a cup of Sekaya’s Easy Nightcap before bed. Easy Nightcap contains a blend of botanicals that help calm anxiety and tension, such as catnip, scullcap, chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint, and oatstraw. If done regularly, it may even serve as a signal for your body to go to sleep.
(However, if your insomnia does not go away for more than three weeks despite lifestyle changes, it is best to see your doctor or a sleep specialist.)
Sleep is the body’s time to heal and repair itself. Lack of proper sleep not only affects your health but also how you go about your day. Make time to really focus on improving the quality of your sleep so you can also experience its benefits.