Stress and Insomnia - Discussion, Tips and Remedies
How are stress and insomnia linked, and what are some tips and remedies to help deal with these conditions?
Defined as a difficulty in getting to or staying asleep (though time is available), insomnia not only robs us of our nights, but daytime dysfunction can be the result as well.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Insomnia is fairly common, occurring in 30% to 50% of all people. Though insomnia is generally divided into three classes based on how long the symptoms last, it is sometimes based on the cause. These can range from a medical condition to stress.
Stress has a way of feeding on itself. Having symptoms of its own, such as fatigue, disorientation / fuzzy thinking and insomnia, with all of them often playing off each other, it might seem as if you are running in a never ending circle.
Though stress is an individual thing and must be studied closely in each case, emotional along with lifestyle patterns have to be taken into consideration. Most physicians today do not have the time to get to the bottom of things, so to speak. With their appointments being scheduled every 15 minutes, their best effort is to prescribe medications for depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia or sleeplessness. For those who believe there is a root cause for their symptoms, taking something that merely works as a band aid is simply not acceptable.
The best remedy for stress and insomnia, of course, is getting to the bottom of the cause. Maybe it is too much responsibility at work or too many financial worries. Regardless, strive to work through issues you have known to be in existence long enough. Delegate, if you can; call creditors - it will make you feel better (even if it might not help).
Sometimes just a change of thinking or perspective brings about relief. Try viewing the situation not as a threat but as a challenge. Actively challenge yourself to solve any dilemma with renewed vigor each day. Above all, find a friend you can talk / vent to and, while you are waiting for things to return to normal, engage in efforts that will aid you in sleep, including power naps in the middle of the day if you can manage it. These simple tips will go a long way toward helping stress and insomnia.
As a general rule, the more relaxed you are before going to bed, the better your chances of getting to sleep. Be consistent each night. Another important factor for a good night's sleep is the environment - for example, make sure the room is cool, dark and / or quiet.
Lay on your back if you can, with your head slightly propped. Breathe deeply, one breath after another as fully as you are able - it actually helps the nervous system to relax.
Meditation has also been known to help those who are suffering from stress and insomnia together. The act of meditating involves the process of focusing on breathing or an object, a single thought or a particular bodily function you have targeted. The very nature of the targeted focus is relaxing.
Managing one's time more effectively also aids in relaxation, as does a positive attitude, spending time with people you are comfortable with, daily exercising, and a cup of caffeine free herbal tea such as chamomile or peppermint.
There are many more natural remedies, treatments and tips for stress and insomnia which you could learn about. To do so, read the other related articles and pages on this website.
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