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What Causes Insomnia and Natural Remedies for Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping? Even after a long day at work, you feel both physically and mentally drained but as soon as you get into bed, you’re wide awake tossing from side to side desperately trying to fall asleep but failing? Well, if this a constant reality for you then it can be quite possible that you are suffering from insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping, read more to find out about the causes of insomnia and natural remedies for insomnia.

What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where you experience a sleepless night. Conditions can be either acute (where you will only be affected for a short term) or it can be chronic which lasts for a long time, the latter being slightly more serious. There are also different types of insomnia: primary and secondary.

Primary insomnia:

This means your sleeplessness is not linked to any other health problems or conditions.
Causes of primary insomnia may include: stress due to work or other big life changes, disturbances in your soundings or if there have been changes to your sleep schedule like jetlag.

Secondary insomnia:

For this type of insomnia, you are having trouble sleeping because of health conditions like asthma or depression; pain; medication or substances like alcohol. Also, changes in your body like menopause can cause insomnia.
In this instance, the causes of sleeplessness may be due to mental health issues, certain medication, pain or other sleep conditions like sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Insomnia:

While the most obvious indicator of an insomniac is that they can’t go to sleep, there are some other symptoms which will help you determine whether you suffer from insomnia or not. Some of the other symptoms of insomnia include:

Feeling sleepy or fatigued during the day
Irritability, depression, or anxiety
Unable to concentrate or focus
Worry or anxiety
Headaches

How to Treat Insomnia:

There are a number of ways to treat insomnia that vary from counselling, cognitive behavioural treatment or even medication. While these are very effective methods to tackle sleeplessness, there some natural remedies for sleep that are very easy and can help you manage it.

Good Sleeping Habits:
Try to stick to a schedule so that you go to sleep and wake up at a regular time. A schedule helps to create a habit, which will help tackle your sleep disorder.

Reduce Screen Time

One of the biggest culprits of insomnia are laptops and smart phones. While they are great during the day because they keep us connected, it also makes it challenging for us to disconnect at night. Avoid using any digital devices at least 45 minutes before your bedtime.

Dietary Habits:

Diet plays a vital role in everything you do, and it can have a major effect on your sleep. Avoid going to bed hungry because you are guaranteed to wake up in the middle of the night famished, but with that said finish eating at least 2 – 3 hours before sleeping. Also, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, if you’re an avid coffee drinker try and have your last cup at around 4pm.

 

You can also use some calming and sleep-inducing products to help fall asleep better. Try some of our treatments from Spa Ceylon’s SLEEP INTENSE range which will instantly make you feel relaxed and set the mood for a good night’s sleep.

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