Insomnia is something most adults will experience at some point in their life. Whether it is not being able to fall asleep or waking up multiple times during the night, everyone can agree not being able to sleep properly sucks. Adults need around eight hours of sleep a night. Insomnia can make that rather difficult.
Thankfully, most people will experience short-term insomnia. Short-term or acute insomnia is usually connected to a recent event that has left its mark and left you unable to sleep. This type of insomnia normally lasts a few days or weeks, but eventually goes away. There is also long-term, or chronic, insomnia which can last for months or even years.
With either type of insomnia, there is always the possibility that insomnia is just a side-effect of a different problem. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia can be caused by allergies, body pain, mental health disorders and even asthma. Working to fix the base issue will likely help with insomnia, though sometimes insomnia itself is the primary problem. Luckily, there are many ways to deal with all types of insomnia.
First, examine your life. If you are going through an especially stressful time there is a good chance stress is keeping you awake at night. Working to address the causes of stress may get you back to sleeping. If you have recently changed bedtime routines or just arrived in a new time zone, give your body a few weeks to adjust to the new routine. Bad sleep habits can also be keeping you awake. As much as we all love TV, computers and our phones, they can interfere with our body’s natural sleep cycle if viewed in the hours before sleep. Other bad habits include eating too much before bed, consuming too much caffeine during the day, napping during the day and being in an uncomfortable sleeping environment.
The next place to look is where you are trying to sleep. It is common knowledge that bright lights and loud noises will keep us awake, but there are other environmental factors that cause insomnia. If your insomnia persists after adjusting bad habits or getting through a stressful time, there are other home remedies worth trying. The old trick of a warm cup of milk before bed actually holds merit.
Milk, honey and vanilla can help you combat insomnia. Prepare this drink:
- 6 ounces of organic, hormone free milk (replace dairy with almond milk if you are vegan)
- 1 drop of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Vanilla is really powerful in relaxing your body and thus it will help you sleep better. Milk contains tryptophan which stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin, resulting in a sedative-like effect. Honey also works by triggering a chemical reaction that leads to more sleep-inducing melatonin being released in the brain. It has a well known soothing property and it will keep you relaxed and boost your immunity.
So prepare this easy drink and fight your insomnia the easiest and healthiest way.