Good article from made4dining regarding insomnia and how to beat it for a decent night’s sleep without resorting to pills.
Roughly a third of all adults in the UK report having a poor quality of sleep according to the NHS. There are many reasons why people suffer from insomnia and a lack of quality sleep and there are many sleep products that can be purchased relatively cheaply off the internet that probably do help some people with this, but before resorting to such measures always talk to a medical professional first.
A lack of good quality sleep increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, resulting in unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep. And it’s a very common problem, one that takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems. (helpguide.org).
This is where it gets difficult to pinpoint the reason or reasons for lack of or poor quality sleep. It could be as simple as consuming too much caffeine throughout the day, watching tv late at night, bad diet and poor nutrition or it could be something more serious like sleep apnea, anxiety or stress when you must absolutely seek help. Below are other reasons for insomnia:
Depression, Medication, Poor sleeping environment, Drinking too much alcohol at night, Eating spicy or sugary foods before bed. Many of these reduce melatonin levels in the brain. Melatonin is a hormone that prepares your body and mind for sleep and is essential for not only getting to sleep but also staying sleep. Melatonin also reduces the amount of dopamine which is another hormone but this one helps you stay awake which is counter to what you want at night.
There could be literally dozens of reasons why you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep but the good news is that most cases of insomnia can be treated or cured without having to resort to the internet for pills. Below are a few things to try which are harmless and may just work for you if you don’t want to bother your doctor.
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