More than 1 in 3 adults get less than 7 hours of sleep each night. What’s more, a recent study suggested that because of our hectic technology-driven lifestyles these days, we actually need 8.5 hours of sleep a night. Whatever the cause, lack of sleep can lead to accidents, poor performance at work, and even contributes to serious medical conditions. If you’re suffering from insomnia, finding relief is critical.
What Is Insomnia?
Insomnia refers to a range of sleep disorders that cause difficulties falling asleep, or staying asleep. Occasional bouts of insomnia, as long they are brief and isolated, aren’t much to worry about. These instances can usually be attributed to high stress or a change in your usual schedule. However, if you develop chronic sleep problems, occurring at least 3 nights a week for more than 3 months, you’ll want to find a solution quickly.
Common Causes of Insomnia
- High-stress levels
- Poor sleep habits
- Travel or shifting work schedule
- Eating too late at night
- Mental health disorders
If you’re struggling to get enough sleep, consider these common causes before you reach for the sleeping pills. Solving your sleep problems could be as simple as turning off your phone and reading a book instead.
The Problem with Pills
Tweaking your habits might help you sleep more soundly, but if it doesn’t you may find yourself reaching for a bottle of sleeping pills. It’s widely known that these medications can cause you to become dependent on them for sleep, but that’s just the start of the nasty side effects.
Sleeping pills often cause headaches, dizziness, and daytime drowsiness that make you just as accident-prone as when you didn’t get enough Zs. Memory and performance problems from sleeping pills can also cause you problems at work and make it hard to feel like yourself.
Instead of taking sleeping pills, try a method that will let you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Hypnosis, the procedure leading to a shift in mental state and increased suggestibility, can help you sleep more soundly. More than half of those who try sleep hypnosis find it beneficial. Not everyone is highly susceptible to hypnosis, but only 17% show no response.
Sleep hypnosis doesn’t just treat the symptoms of insomnia, it can help treat the anxiety, stress, and other factors that caused insomnia in the first place. In fact, the hypnotic suggestion has been proven to increase deep sleep and reduce time spent awake during the night.
More Alternative Therapies
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help change thought and behavior patterns that interfere with sleep. For the 90% of chronic insomnia patients whose symptoms are linked with other conditions, CBT can lead to an additional 50 minutes of sleep each night
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) refers to the “tingling” feeling many people experience in response to certain triggers. The most common triggers are whispers and other quiet sounds. For those who regularly use ASMR, many find it helps reduce stress and aids sleep.
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