Coping with insomnia has become epidemic in today’s society.
Interestingly, folks who lived over 100 years ago would probably say we’ve “got it made” in terms of income, leisure possibilities, cool gadgets, etc.
The challenge is that many folks are so overcome by stress and anxiety in our modern day world of constant worry that instead of enjoying these modern-day luxuries, insomnia is overtaking their lives.
If you’re suffering from the inability to sleep, then you know how much being exhausted affects your day-to-day activities. Lack of sleep causes negative effects on your social interaction, mood, energy and productivity.
You may be tempted to engage in activities that end up making matters worse, such as drinking heavily or taking sleeping pills.
While it’s common to feel that pills or drinking are the only solution when enduring a terrible insomnia case, please know that over the long-term, this will only create more difficulty sleeping.
Avoid television at night – TV screens (as well as cell phone screens, tablets, computer monitors, and your house lighting) all have blue light wavelength, which negatively impacts our ability to produce melatonin.
Melatonin is needed to produce sleep.
Limit intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol - Even though drinking alcohol can make you drowsy, it actually interferes with sleep patterns. Of course, nicotine and caffeine are stimulants.
Exert Energy – About an hour before bedtime, engage in some form of exercise.
Meditation – Learn one of the many meditation techniques available and get into the habit of applying it once at night and once upon waking.
This will help with relaxing your body physically, but more importantly, mentally, as you release the anxiety of worrying about the “problems” of life.
Take a Warm Shower/Bath – This can naturally relax the body. In your bath, using Epsom salts can be quite effective.
Drink Hot Tea – Fennel, Anise, and Chamomile teas are effective with aiding sleep.
Sun Exposure – Exposure to the sun is beneficial in many ways and one of those ways is regulating the production of melatonin.
Using sound therapy for insomnia is effective. In fact, a recent survey found that between 70% and 80% of those using sound therapy reported sleep improvement as one of the benefits.
Sound healing techniques can help stimulate the hypothalamus. The process helps to calm down brain cells that are hyperactive, as well as stop mind chatter (which makes sound therapy, combined with meditation very effective).
Since stress reduction is a direct result of sound healing therapies, this is another reason to use them for coping with insomnia specifically.
Sound therapy helps to calm your overall nervous center and brain, helps neuro-chemicals “fire” in the correct way, lowers the stress you feel and ultimately helps induce sleep.
Remember, it’s not really that you want to “cope” with your insomnia…you want a solution. If you’d like more details on using sound therapy as part of your insomnia solution, fill out the form below.