Ways to Overcome Sleep Problems

Sleep problems are very common worldwide. In fact, millions of people around the globe suffer of sleep problems. Nightrest deprivation can affect a person’s overall daily performance, so getting enough rest each night (i.e., medical experts say 6 to 8 hours is healthy and normal) is not only essential, but it will help our bodies nervous system (to function both physically and mentally) and immune system (to help fight diseases and sicknesses); therefore, rest is essential, and to learn of ways to overcome sleeping problems is of utmost importance.

There are many reasons for why people experience sleeping problems (e.g., lack sleep, get too much or too little). As well, there are many ways to overcome sleep problems; but, in order to identify a cure or a solution, it is important to recognize what is the cause or problem of not being able to sleep.

Those that suffer from sleep problems might be seeing a pattern of not being able to sleep (commonly known as a Sleep Disorder), be awaken by breathing abnormalities (better known as Sleep Apnea), or be unable to fall asleep or remain a sleep (also known as Sleep Insomnia). Other common sleep-related problems, include:(1) excessive sleep (e.g., Narcolepsy)(2) poor sleeping habits (e.g., Sleep Hygiene)(3) being restless (e.g., Restless Leg Syndrome)(4) medical illness (e.g., Chronic Lung Disease, Neurological Disease)(5) mental illness (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, Stress, etc.)

Ways to Overcome Sleep ProblemsBefore bedtime…(1) avoid caffeine (e.g., Coffee, Tea, Colas, etc.). It causes insomnia (lack of sleep)(2) avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. It too may cause insomnia(3) avoid taking antidepressants (or similar medications)(4) avoid high-fat meals(5) eat a light meal, drink some warm milk, or have a caffeine-free herbal tea (which can help relax a person before sleeping)

If trying some of the mentioned ways to overcome a sleeping problem has not helped him or her get more sleep, it would be best to check-in with his or her doctor (or a medical specialist) who can provide some expertise on the matter. Besides, the sleep issue could be related to a medical condition or an illness (and not something already mentioned), so seeking a doctor’s advice is reassuring, as he or she will likely understand and determine the cause of the sleeping issue and can suggest the right treatment or actions to follow to improve, if not cure, the sleep problem.