How to Deal With Insomnia

How to Deal With Insomnia

Sep 22

Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Sometimes a warm glass of milk and counting sheep doesn’t quite cut it, and you’re left with a sleepless night and a full day of responsibilities to get to in the morning. While you’re lying in bed, staring up at the ceiling, you may feel alone, but insomnia affects a significant portion of the population.

A poll from the National Sleep Foundation found out that over 50% of adults reported symptoms of insomnia, which include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Restlessness during the night
  • Waking up and still feeling tired
  • Being unable to fall back asleep after waking up in the night

Most people have probably experienced at least one of these symptoms before. Unfortunately, insomnia can affect your performance at work or school, and make it difficult to participate in social functions. The National Institutes of Health says 10% of people who report sleep disruption also report limited function during the day.

Insomnia is more common among younger adults aged 18-29. Sixty-eight percent of people in this age range report some symptoms of insomnia, while it stands at 59% for the next age bracket, and 44% for the next.

It makes sense that younger adults who may still be in school or who are working long hours at new jobs would be under more stress that could affect their sleeping habits.

Here are some tips to help you banish insomnia, courtesy of Silent Night Therapy

  • Try to avoid looking at screens before going to bed. Not only will this prevent you from getting sucked down a 20-video-long YouTube rabbit hole, but it will give your eyes and your brain a rest.
  • Come up with a nightly routine and stick to it. Your body will get used to the familiar steps in your routine, which will help you relax and fall asleep faster. Try making a cup of herbal tea or reading a book before bed to help you fall asleep faster.
  • No night lights! Keeping your sleeping space as dark as possible will positively impact the quality of your sleep. Distracting lights will lead to more restlessness throughout the night.

Our bodies naturally want to sleep at night, but learned behaviors can force them to react opposite of how we want them to. Luckily, insomnia can be cured. There are many things you can do to change your sleeping patterns, but there are also medications available for people with serious sleeping problems. 

If you’re struggling with sleep, you should contact a doctor or go to a sleep therapist for help. Prolonged insomnia can be a sign of other problems. Sleep apnea and chronic stress can be detrimental to your waking life, as well. It’s important that you are able to get the help you need so that you can continue to live your life to the fullest.