If left untreated, insomnia can wreak havoc on your life. Many modern approaches to insomnia involve quick fixes that ultimately compromise other areas of your health.
One of these convenient fixes involves taking nightly sleep medication. Yet, these sleep aids can be addictive and can produce a host of negative side effects.
The Best Way’s to Find Rest When You Can’t Sleep
In this article, we will discuss 3 ways to deal with insomnia, focusing on permanent solutions that address all areas of our health.
These holistic and helpful solutions are not only better for your sleep, but better for you as an entire person – sometimes leading to healing in other areas of your life.
Recategorize your Worries and Repurpose Them
Many people wonder “why can’t I sleep?”. But, the answer might be included in the question itself. Worrying is a vicious cycle that can spin out of control if we are not careful.
This is especially true when it comes to sleep, as what’s at stake is often significant, especially when we have to get up early for an important job.
This means that more fear is attached to the process of falling asleep, and fear can be a bottomless pit.
The more we reflect on our lack of sleep, the more fear we uncover. It’s a never-ending process. Our need for certainty and order compels us to solve our sleep problems, but this highly stimulating problem solving is actually antagonistic to unwinding before sleep.
Over time, this kind of circular ideation can be one of the causes of insomnia, which is characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep for a prolonged period of time.
The way to solve this is to never get started in the first place. That might sound overly simple, but its effective.
Instead of resisting the process of worrying, try welcoming it. Actively thank your mind for warning you and considering your happiness in the future. This transforms the worry into a helpful tip or insight and prevents you from diving down the uncontrollable rabbit hole of fear.
Make Your Room a Sacred Space
Our nighttime routine is critical for facilitating sleep, and part of this includes distinguishing our nighttime routine from other daytime routines.
Consequently, when the nighttime routine is engaged, the body knows that it’s time for sleep. This, along with other signals like darkness, can lead to better sleep health.
One way of ensuring that your daytime habits don’t get meshed with your nighttime habits is to turn your room into a sacred space. This entails setting specific limits and then abiding by those limits.
Often this includes no eating in your room, no using technology in your room, no working in your room, and especially no working out in your room.
Instead, choose to occupy your room only when you are tired. Preserve it only for those states of consciousness. It might be difficult at first, but over time you will be rewarded with deeper, longer sleep.
Change the Environment You Sleep In
Some people with chronic insomnia are impervious to most insomnia treatments. No matter what technique or remedy they try, they still can’t fall asleep. Or if they do fall sleep, they wake up regularly throughout the night.
This can be unnerving. Yet, it often represents an opportunity for change.
Sometimes we have been utilizing a particular room or bed for so long that unhealthy sleep patterns have become engrained in the space. We unconsciously follow these unhealthy habits each night simply because they are so conditioned.
In these cases, changing our sleeping environment might treat our insomnia.
This can be done in a number of ways. The easiest way is to sleep at a friend’s house for a couple of nights for comparison. Sometimes this can bring subtle tweaks to our attention that might foster healthier sleep.
Other times, something more drastic is necessary. For example, try experimenting with camping outside or sleeping on a downstairs couch.
Or even further, try indulging the insomnia.
If you are genuinely not tired, then ask yourself where else you would like to be. Then obey your desires – within moderation of course. Our insomnia can often be a result of imperfections in other environments. If we neglect these for too long, they can become unconscious, like a splinter in the mind, often leaving us tired yet unable to fall asleep.
This doesn’t mean that you have to clean every room of the house or get a 100% on every test. It only means that you should approach the insomnia as something potentially helpful. Sometimes that subtle shift in thinking can expose the underlying cause of our difficulty.
Our Final Thoughts on Insomnia
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that usually represents only the tip of the iceberg.
Sometimes insomnia is the result of an overt mental health issue, like excessive anxiety. In this case, we recommend changing your perspective on the anxiety, namely by viewing it as healthy and even informative.
Other times, the cause of insomnia is much more unconscious and can be related to our sleeping environment. In these cases, it’s important to experiment by intuitively acting.
Sometimes instinctively enacting a new rule or habit will allow us to recover our sleep health.
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