Insomnia is a state of disruption in sleep, particularly characterized by the inability to sleep or stay asleep. Although it is usually termed as a disorder, it can also be the symptom to another disorder.
Many people from across the age spectrum are affected by these complicated sleeping patterns that could be caused by a number of things, but there are ways you can deal with this issue to make it a little less stressful than it definitely is.
The first step to dealing with insomnia is without a doubt, figuring out why you’re going through this. The reason for your state of insomnia could be the result of many things: Are you stressed? Are you going through emotional disturbance? Do you rely on supplements and medication to sleep? Do you have day time fatigue and sleepiness? The reason for not being able to sleep during the night could be any of these and so many more depending on the individual.
You may need some assistance or advice from someone you’re close to and trust because it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on with you and people close to you usually have a better view of you and of how something is affecting you.
Now, if you’ve identified what’s disturbing your slumber, you need to act on it too! If you’re taking coffee in the evening or too much in the day, that’s obviously going to be hindrance with your sleep. It’s the same case if you’re taking medication that keeps you awake. Before you go to the mental level of disturbance, it’s important to observe your daily habits too. Not only can poor daytime habits contribute to insomnia, but a poor night’s sleep can make these habits harder to correct, creating a vicious cycle of unfulfilling sleep.
Oftentimes, changing the habits that are reinforcing sleeplessness is enough to overcome the insomnia altogether. It may take a few days for your body to get used to the change, but once you do you will sleep better.
Avoid habits that can negatively impact your ability to sleep at night such as having an irregular sleep schedule, napping in the day, eating sugary foods or heavy meals too close to bedtime, and not getting enough exercise or exercising too late in the day.
What also helps deal with insomnia is some little things you can do like keeping a silent and dark environment when you sleep, sticking to a regular schedule for sleep, avoiding naps in the day, drinking too many liquids before, big evening meals and caffeine.
Once you’ve dealt with the physical obstacles, you need to focus on the mental problems now. Anxiety and stress are amongst the biggest reasons for sleeplessness. As a person who also gets easily stressed I know how difficult this is to do but learn to neutralise your stress and anxiety. You might be worried about the interview you have tomorrow or of how your results turn out but the thing to understand is you stressing over it isn’t going to change a thing. So it’s better to slowly make yourself understand what things you have control over and things which you don’t. You need to remind yourself to have hope in those times despite the fear. I know how tough it is but once you get the hang of it, I promise you it is worth it!
It’s also important to note that if your symptoms and sleep patterns are more severe and are not controllable by just these methods, you must consult a professional and seek professional help for it. Don’t analyze yourself into something more serious. Let a professional help you if you can’t figure it out yourself, that’s what they are for.