I have looked all over the web for what could be causing my insomnia. I’m a relatively “healthy” person, will no history of any medial issues, such as:
- Nasal/sinus allergies
- Gastrointestinal problems such as reflux
- Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Low back pain
Which are all listed on The Sleep Foundation’s page as possible medical causes of insomnia.
(If any of these sound like they might be the causes of your insomnia, I recommend seeking advice from your doctor.)
I, like far too many people these days, am “triggering” insomnia by suffering from late night anxiety. I know I’m not the only one, in fact, I’m willing to bet that most people reading this are experiencing late night anxiety. Staying up at night because your mind won’t stop thinking about your
- Past Events
And all types of things to get stressed over while your trying to sleep, including worrying about how much sleep you’re going to get that night! This turns into the cycle of having insomnia, then having anxiety about your anxiety…
(Well, now we have a problem.)
So how is any one supposed to stop such a cycle? I, personally, want to make seeing a doctor my last resort for this one. Again, that’s just personally. If you feel like seeing someone about your anxiety might help you, I encourage you to do so.
I decided that since it was just something going on in my head, that it is something that I can handle myself. The “I just need to get some sleep” side of me, versus the “I’m thinking about way too much right now” side of me.
I still have sleep “supplements” like
- a comfortable mattress, sheets and pillows
- natural sleep aid products
- sleep assisting music, ambient sounds and audibles etc.
I think the best route is to learn how to relax the mind as naturally as I can. There’s fantastic research on how anyone can learn how to train their own mind and I believe it’s possible through
- and Natural Sleep aids.
…those are the basics at least. I think i should at least try this route before seeking any medical prescription from my doctor. Again, that’s what I think is best for me.
If you were thinking about taking this route as well, I encourage you too start with some research.
Here are a few books I highly recommend reading…
- ‘Sleep Smarter’ by Shawn Stevenson
- ‘Dreamland’ by David K. Randall
- ‘The Sleep Revolution’ by Arianna Huffington