Are you having trouble sleeping? Do you fall asleep easily and wake up a few hours later, unable to go back to sleep? Or do you lie awake for hours trying desperately to get some zzz’s? Or do you sleep, wake, sleep, wake, sleep wake, all night long?
No matter what form your insomnia takes, it’s debilitating and exhausting and totally frustrating. The more you worry about it the less you sleep.
So what is it that causes some people to struggle so much with getting a decent night’s sleep?
There are many theories and ideas about why this happens to some people and why others are dead to the world the instant their heads hit the pillow, regardless of what’s happened during the day.
Some of the more obvious ones are too much excitement just before bedtime – maybe a horror movie or a stimulating book or conversation; too much caffeine too late in the day; too much heavy food too late in the day; too much alcohol (initially this may help you get to sleep but it usually wakes you up a few hours later and prevents you going back to sleep); worry; anxiety; depression; grief; thoughts going around and around in the head; feeling out of control; anger; too hot/too cold; the room too stuffy; medication, noise.
There are lots more that may pertain just to you and really, when you are totally sleep deprived over a long period of time, you don’t even care what the cause is, you just want to sleep!
So what can you do to help yourself get that elusive night’s sleep?
Firstly, I suggest you address the issues I’ve listed above and see if any of them are relevant to you. When you’ve done that and you are still not sleeping, the next step could be to try the sedative herbs. There are many natural, safe herbs that will get you to the land of nod very quickly and soundly.
Herbs such as valerian, chamomile, passionflower, skullcap and hops are all excellent to help you get a good, sound night’s sleep. Most people will get a great result from these. Be aware that there is a very small percentage of the population that cannot take sedative herbs (myself being one of those) because they have the reverse effect. Any sedative herb, for me, is like a big jolt of caffeine so not ideal!
Brauer (in Australia at least) have an excellent homeopathic remedy called Nervatona, which is brilliant for insomnia and Bach Flower remedies (vervain and white chestnut) can also be really helpful.
Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of success with several clients who have had trouble sleeping, using Life Coaching and hypnosis. My suggestion to you, if you’ve tried all of the above and particularly if you are unable to take any of the sedative herbs in any form, is to get yourself some Life Coaching. Quite often, there are little rituals we go through at bedtime, that set us up to sleep poorly. Life Coaching will winkle them out and solve the problem. If I’m not near you, this can be done easily on Skype for a great result.