How can I stop insomnia naturally?

Sleeping problems are becoming an increasingly common complaint among people from all demographics. With this rising trend, many of us are trying to seek out different solutions just to get a good night’s sleep, and if you’re like me, you would prefer to try natural remedies and exhaust all options before turning to sleeping pills. So in this article, we’ll first discuss what insomnia is, its main causes, and possible ways to overcome it. Make sure to read until the end; that’s where I’ll share my best advice!

What is Insomnia?

Have you ever experienced insomnia? If you’re reading this, my bet is that you’re looking for ways to beat it. And that’s absolutely understandable because insomnia is utterly frustrating, and can even get to the point to where it causes damage to your health. But let’s start from the beginning. What is insomnia, really? Insomnia can take on different forms. The 3 main types of insomnia are :

  • Not being able to fall asleep. This is when you’re in bed, comfortable, with the curtains closed, and yet still cannot seem to fall asleep.
  • Waking up constantly during the night and having difficulty falling back asleep (sometimes taking up to 30 minutes before you can fall asleep again).
  • Waking up too early in the morning and not being able to sleep again.

If you’re facing one or more of these issues at the moment, I hope you’re not too tired to read what’s coming, because it may offer some relief to your problems. Let’s have a look at the potential consequences of insomnia. When sleep disorders last for a few nights in a row, they can induce:

  • Tiredness
  • Moodiness
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Memory disorders
  • Tension in the muscles
  • Poor mental and physical performance
  • Weakened immune system
  • Headaches
  • And more…

Why am I having trouble sleeping at night?

Now, before jumping to the solutions that can help you overcome insomnia, let’s look at that might be causing it. The main contributing factors of insomnia can be divided into 2 categories: internal factors and external factors. The internal factors come from the brain or the body while external factors come from habits, events, or the environment. In looking at the two lists below, which aspects do you believe to be the main contributing factors to your insomnia?

Some internal factors that can result in sleeping problems are:  

  • Anxiety
  • Overthinking
  • Illness
  • Pain
  • Menopause
  • High body temperature

Some external factors that can potentially cause insomnia are:

  • Stressful events
  • Noises
  • Certain types of medicine
  • Heavy meals before going to bed
  • Intake of alcohol
  • Intake of caffeine late in the day
  • Looking at screens in bed

While these factors are not comprehensive, there is also one cause that is increasingly common. More people are expressing the fact that they can’t sleep due to the overwhelming amount of information they’re processing each day. Think about it: how much time do you spend each day watching videos, scrolling through social media, reading emails, and even browsing shopping websites. We watch disturbing stories on the news, are bombarded with advertisements and have several mediums by which many people are trying to communicate with us. This doesn’t even take into account our personal issues, work challenges, and never-ending to-do lists. Every single day, we have to process so much data just to get by; in many cases, it feels like it’s not even our choice. With all of this on our minds, are we really surprised that we can’t sleep well?

Why am I having trouble sleeping at night?

How can I stop insomnia naturally?

I have good news for you: before turning to harsh drugs with disruptive side effects, there are many proven natural methods of overcoming insomnia. I would greatly encourage you to try each or all of these consistently for at least 2-3 weeks in a row before resorting to other solutions:

  • One hour before bed, stop looking at screens. That’s right, that means no computer, no phone, and no tablet at least 1 hour before you plan to go to bed! Better yet, try to leave your phone outside of your bedroom each night. Yes, that may mean you need to buy a good ol’ fashioned alarm clock to wake you up in the morning.
  • Try to engage in calming and relaxing activities for at least one hour before bed. That could mean putting on relaxing music, listening to a podcast, reading, washing your face with warm water, taking a warm shower.
  • Eat light at night and stop drinking caffeine at least 6 hours before sleeping time.

And here is my last and best piece of advice: practice meditation to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep. As mentioned before, not being able to calm our recurring thoughts is a very common cause of insomnia. By meditating, you will learn to watch your thoughts without being caught by them, and let them come and go. Meditation also helps a great deal when it comes to focusing on the positive side of our lives. Therefore, it helps to reduce the stress and tension that can cause insomnia. If you learn to meditate, not only will you find peace of mind when it’s time to sleep, but it will also help you feel centered and calm throughout the day. By concentrating on your breath or doing a body scan, you will force your mind to be in the “here and now” and stop jumping from one idea to another. There are several sleep meditations offered by Meditopia as well as series on being present, doing body scans, and staying grounded. With practice these will help you overcome more than just sleeping challenges; it will begin to transform many aspects of your life.

Now tell us, do you have sleeping problems? If so, have you found a solution to reduce or solve this? We would love to hear about your experience! As you know, it’s always good to know that you’re not alone in this problem. Share your thoughts in the comment section below and… sleep well tonight!

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