Do you experience difficulty sleeping? or

Do you find it difficult staying awake?

If the answer to any of the above questions is Yes, then you're most probably suffering from Insomnia- a sleep disorder that involves lack of sleep or prolonged periods of wakefulness during the sleep periods. Insomnia can be caused by stress and poor lifestyle habits for example, sleeping during odd hours, or because of excessive consumption of stimulants like, caffeine or tobacco. Also, according to many researches, insomnia is said to be related with depression as well. If one is depressed, one may feel insomniac as well and it can work the other way round too. That means, if you are suffering from Insomnia, you might be depressed as well, sooner or later. Even the r

  • Make sure that the bed that you sleep on, is very very comfortable. Be sure that it is dark, quiet, and neither too warm nor too cold.
  • Try to go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
  • Get regular exercise. A '15 minute walk' will also serve the purpose.  Try not to exercise close to bedtime. Experts suggest not exercising for 3 hours before the time you go to sleep.
  • Don't eat a heavy meal late in the day. A light snack before bedtime, with a small amount of milk, may help you sleep.
  • If you can't fall asleep get up and read or do something that you find extremely boring!!
  • If you're unable to sleep because you are worrying about something, try making a to-do list before you go to bed. This may help you to relieve of those worries for the entire night.
  • Keep the lights low before bedtime.
  • Follow a routine to help relax and wind down before sleep, such as reading a book, listening to music, or taking a bath.
  • Try not to take naps during the day because naps may make you less sleepy at night.
  • Cut down or if possible, completely stop taking in caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol in the late evenings or night. 

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References: Thomas Roth, Definition of Insomnia