How often do you lie in bed tossing and turning? It might be that you struggle to fall asleep when you first go to bed, or that you wake in the night and then lie there, perhaps thinking something along the lines of: ‘I really need to go to sleep, I’ve got so much to do tomorrow. Why can’t I go to sleep? I’m going to feel awful all day!’
These represent the two basic types of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep (onset insomnia), and difficulty staying asleep (maintenance).
Whichever type you suffer with, this video can help you to fall (back) asleep. And if you want to learn more about insomnia, read on.
Reasons for Insomnia
Sometimes, life events can be behind insomnia. Something happens to stress you out, like a bereavement, losing your job, travelling, bad news, or trouble at work or in your relationship. When you have trouble sleeping for a short while (days or weeks), due to this kind of event, it is called acute insomnia.
Acute insomnia will normally work itself out, as you resolve or come to terms with the issue. Therefore, you don’t normally need any specific help for this.
On the other hand, some people have difficulty sleeping over months. Officially, if you have some kind of insomnia for three or more nights a week over a period of three months, this is called chronic insomnia. This can be caused for all kinds of reasons.
There is also comorbid insomnia, when your trouble sleeping is caused by some other health complaint. This might be a mental issue, such as anxiety or depression. It can also be a physical issue, like a condition which causes you pain or discomfort, disturbing your sleep. Arthritis, back pain, and pregnancy could all fall in this category.
There are a number of things you can do to help with chronic or comorbid insomnia. Some people choose medication, while others prefer more natural approaches.
There are a number of things you can do that will help with sleep. Basically, anything that helps you to feel calmer, and more relaxed. Some lifestyle choices that have been proven to benefit sleep include regularly working out (preferably not at night), practising yoga, and meditating. Talk therapy can also assist, where the cause of insomnia is related to mental stress.
Equally, hypnosis and tapping can be very beneficial. Hypnosis puts you into a relaxed state, and its guided imagery can support you in experiencing better sleep. Tapping also helps you to relax, and can clear your mind of unwanted thoughts, focusing you elsewhere. These can also be used to resolve underlying issues, both mental and physical.
Making changes to your sleep environment and looking at what you are eating and drinking can also be important. Check out this post for further details, and another tapping sleep video.