Can't Sleep? Try These Natural Insomnia Treatments
Laying in bed, tossing and turning, hoping for sleep is one of the most frustrating ways to spend a night. If you can’t sleep night after night, you may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia happens to everyone from time to time, but when the problem begins to affect your daily life, it's time to take action.
Signs You Have Insomnia
How can you tell if you have insomnia versus an occasional poor night of sleep? Here are some of the common indicators:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Waking often during the night
- Not feeling fully rested when you wake
Many factors can cause insomnia, including:
- Unhealthy eating and exercise habits
- Poor sleep routines
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic illness
- Factors in the environment
Sometimes, finding the root cause of your insomnia will lead to a potential treatment, but other times the cause cannot be helped, or the cause is unknown. When that happens, you need a treatment that will not involve addictive drugs.
Natural Treatments for Insomnia
If you're struggling to sleep and wondering how to treat insomnia, consider these natural treatments:
Biofeedback: Sometimes insomnia happens because an individual has too much tension or activity in the brain. Biofeedback uses sensors on the skin to track factors — like brain and muscular activity — that are normally invisible to the individual. This allows the medical team to determine what processes may be affecting sleep, allowing the patient to take charge of those processes when possible, and enjoy better sleep.
Supplementation: Sometimes, nutritional imbalances can cause problems with sleeping. Certain supplements can aid in restful sleep, providing a natural treatment for insomnia. However, it's important to work with someone knowledgeable in herbal treatments and supplements because of the risk of interaction and side effects. For example, many patients have success treating insomnia with melatonin, while others experience disturbing dreams with this particular supplement. Others find that magnesium at night can aid in restful sleep, yet some may experience intestinal discomfort with magnesium supplements. Natural Horizons Wellness Centers will be happy to help you find a combination of supplements that will help you rest well.
Lifestyle changes: If you're looking for insomnia natural remedies, it may be time to assess your lifestyle. Certain behaviors can make it hard to fall asleep. Drinking or eating foods with caffeine in the evening, for example, can make it difficult to fall asleep. Lack of exercise can also create problems, as people who get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week are able to sleep better and wake up feeling more rested than those who don't exercise much.
Meditation: Calm your mind and help bring restful sleep with meditation. This requires some practice and training to do properly, but learning to be more aware of what is going on in your mind and spirit can help improve your sleep habits and prepare your body and mind for rest.
If you’re struggling with insomnia and aren't' sure where to start with natural insomnia treatment options, consider a visit to Natural Horizons Wellness Centers. We will help you get to the bottom of your insomnia and find an effective, non-medicated solution. A restful night’s sleep is possible with the right advice and help.