I just can't get to sleep
Insomnia is a complaint of not being able to fall asleep or remain sleeping for a normal length of time. Yes, I'm stating the obvious but for the patient, this can be devastating.
Non-sufferers don't realise what it is like to be awake all night with nothing to do, knowing that everyone else is tucked up in bed dreaming. It can be a very lonely life not being able to sleep, and can lead to depression.
This type of insomnia can causes excessive daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, memory loss and irritability. It can start in early childhood and continue into adulthood if not treated. It is strongly recommended that you see your doctor, if you haven't already done so.
What are the causes?
Good Sleep Hygiene
- The bedroom should be kept dark and quiet, and at the right temperature
- An ideal bedroom temperature is 65°F
- Too hot a room can induce nightmares, which is certainly true
- A loud ticking clock can really get on your nerves
- Sometimes the outside noise can't be controlled, so try earplugs
- Use heavy curtains to block out reflections of street lighting
- A bedtime blindfold may help
- Some people swear by herbal remedies
None of the above "Good Sleep Hygiene" would help me sleep, but they might help someone. I find that I sleep better with the some back-lighting on, and listening to my favourite music. Watching the T.V. or reading a book sometimes works. I like a cup of milky coffee which I find relaxing. When milk is warm, it is said to release certain chemicals that naturally help you sleep.
I also have difficult sleeping on an empty stomach, so I usually have a light snack, which is supposed to be definitely the wrong thing to do. In my opinion, it boils down to do whatever works best for you.
Sometimes nothing works and you've just got to get up and do something else. The difficulty is that your partner or neighbours won't be too pleased if you start playing the trumpet in the middle of the night. One thing you might want to consider is chatrooms, as you can pass quite a bit of time away talking to people from all over the world.
Note: This information is not medical advice. Always see your doctor if you have a health problem.