INSOMNIA

Posted on November 29th, 2010, by admin

Anxiety, depression, caffeine and alcohol are notorious enemies of a good night’s sleep. Anxiety makes it difficult to go to sleep. Depression produces a typical sleep pattern involving difficulty dropping off, frequent awakening and early morning wakefulness. Like many sleeping tablets, alcohol produces drowsiness and is initially an aid to sleep. Three or four hours after getting off to sleep, alcohol withdrawal provokes insomnia, waking up the drinker up at 2 to 3 o’clock in the morning. Caffeine prolongs alertness and people over the age of 25 suddenly find that caffeine taken at night can keep them awake for many hours.
Older people complain mightily about insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns; however on close inspection their total quota of daily sleep is rarely reduced. The problem is one of an altered sleep pattern which includes naps during the day and little need to sleep at night. In most cases the complaint is not insufficient sleep; but boredom and loneliness. It is not pleasant being awake when the rest of society is asleep.

Home Remedies
With due care and attention, a sleep pattern can be engineered which satisfies the most demanding of insomniacs. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sleeping tablets after 5 o’clock. Exercise adds an element of physical exhaustion which overrides the tendency of anxiety and depression to keep people awake. Complete an hour of moderate exercise a day. Not late in the day as exercise produces four or five hours of stimulation.
Never read or lie awake in bed listening to the radio. Beds are for sex and sleeping. Find somewhere else to read and something else to do if sleeplessness is a problem. Try a snack or hot milk drink before bed time. The evening meal is probably conducted far too early in the day, as food is a natural sedative.

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