Manage InsomniaIn our times of chronic stresses and the routine of working for 10-12 hours a day, such condition as insomnia became something very common. A great deal of people have to fight against this problem, but the issue is: sometime we choose the techniques and approaches to manage insomnia which are actually not effective. For example, we already know that drinking wine or other alcoholic drinks before going to bed will not help usĀ  solve our sleep problems. What else should we avoid doing in order not to lose our battle against chronic insomnia?

1. We try using sleeping pills to enjoy some good night sleep. Most of sleeping pills do really work if your aim is to get some sleep. But obviously using these kind of medications can not help you solve your problem and get rid of chronic insomnia.

2. We try to work as hard as possible to get exhausted and improve our sleep. This approach may work but only in those rare cases if your work is linked to lots of physical activities and brings you a lot of positive emotions. But sitting for 12 hours at the table or solving hard management problems all day long will certainly not help you manage insomnia.

3. Sleep ProblemsWe try to sleep as much as we can in the weekends in order to compensate our lack of sleep in the week days. Holidays and weekends are definitely the best time for sleeping longer and having quality rest, but this routine can only disrupt the daily rhythm of our life and even make it worse for those who suffer from sleep disorders and try to manage insomnia.

4. We try to stay in bed when we can not sleep at night. Many people think that staying in bed will help us relax and fall asleep more effectively. However, many specialists say that staying in bed does not actually bring to anything good and it is much better to get up and get busy with something calm and relaxing when you can not fall asleep at night.

5. We try to expose ourselves to nighttime illumination. We watch endless night TV shows or movies, thinking that these kind of activities are relaxing and can help us fall asleep easier. However, studies have shown that exposing yourself to the blue wavelength of light actually slows down melatonin production and does not favor sleeping.

6. We try to consume energy drinks in the morning in order to stimulate our morning activities and have better sleep at night. Actually, caffeinated and energy drinks only contribute in the development of such health condition as chronic insomnia.

7. We try to catch an opportunity for having daytime naps in order to compensate our sleeplessness at night. This approach can be effective only from the point of view of giving physical rest to the body, but it can not solve such sleep problem as insomnia.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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