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What Can Be Done To Relieve Insomnia?

October 14, 2013

Insomnia can be extremely debilitating and even though severe cases will need to be treated by a trained medical professional, there are a number of lifestyle changes that can help relieve short-term insomnia.

Avoid Stimulating Substances
There are a number of stimulants that need to be avoided as they make insomnia worse. These include caffeine, alcohol, and certain over-the-counter and prescription medicines. 

Good Bedtime Routines
Always try to adopt bedtime habits that make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Do this by enjoying something relaxing like reading a book, listening to the news or soaking in a warm bath. Also try to go to bed at about the same time every night and get up at about the same time every morning.

Sleep Friendly Bedroom Environment 
Try to ensure that your bedroom is sleep-friendly. A sleep-friendly bedroom should be dark, well ventilated, and as quiet as possible.

Prescription Medicines 
Although there are many prescription medicines used to treat insomnia they need to be properly prescribed and used. These medicines can help relieve insomnia and re-establish a regular sleep schedule, but it must be remembered that some are meant for short-term use, while others are meant for longer use. 

Important Note! Talk to your doctor about the benefits and side effects of insomnia medicines. Remember that even over-the-counter products that claim to treat insomnia can be harmful when used incorrectly and for long periods of time!

Seek Help When Necessary 
Don’t be ashamed to admit that you might have a problem. Cognitive behavioral therapy (which is a type of counseling) can help relieve ongoing insomnia and chronic sleep problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages good sleep habits and uses relaxation and biofeedback to help relieve sleep anxiety.

Always remember that no matter if your insomnia is a symptom or a side effect of another problem, it is important to treat the underlying cause whenever possible. Contact your local medical doctor to find out more about how insomnia can be treated.

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