The 2 Most Important Questions You Need To Ask If You Suffer With
Sleeplessness Or Insomnia
If you are one of the 32 million adults in the UK who suffers with sleeplessness
or insomnia then you must ask yourself these 3 questions and then read on to
find out which treatment will help you.
If you are one of the 32 million adults in the UK who suffers with
sleeplessness or insomnia then you must ask yourself these 2 questions and then
read on to find out which treatment will help you.
2 Critical Questions About Your Insomnia:
1) What type of insomnia do you suffer with?
Insomnia and sleeplessness can be either transient
(temporary) or chronic, read below and decide which type you have:
Transient:- Usually lasts less than 4 weeks and is often
caused by stress, a brief illness, travelling or temporary pain.
Chronic:- You will have suffered for more than one month and
maybe several months or even years. Chronic insomnia can be caused by long term
illness, chronic pain, depression and old age.
2) What treatments are available for sleeplessness and
Essentially there are 6 common treatments for insomnia and
sleeplessness; some have proven more beneficial than others. If you have
transient (temporary) insomnia you most likely wont need any treatment as your
sleep pattern should return to normal by itself.
However, if your insomnia is chronic you will almost
certainly require one of the following treatments:
i) Conventional sleeping tablets from your doctor. Most
doctors prescribe a range of drugs called hypnotics (benzodiazepines) for the
treatment of chronic insomnia. The action of these drugs is to calm the nervous
They have shown limited success in treating insomnia. The
main drawbacks are that they are not effective for more than a short period of
time (a few weeks) and they are very addictive. As if that’s not enough, they
also cause a ‘heavy headed’ feeling upon waking and cause frequent drowsiness
during the day. In brief, these drugs are not suitable for long term use or for
people who need to be alert and able to concentrate during the day
ii) Herbal remedies. There are many herbal remedies available
as over the counter medicines. The vast majority of them contain a concoction of
different herbs blended together in the hope that you will respond to at least
one of the herbs in the mixture. The most frequently used herbs are camomile,
valerian root, passion flower, and lemon balm. These can be drank as an infusion
or taken in a tablet form.
On the plus side herbs have very little side effects, so they
can be used for long periods. The main drawback remains that the fact that a lot
of people simply are not responsive to herbal properties so receive no benefit
iii) Relaxation therapy. Virtually all insomnia sufferers are
advised to try relaxation therapy because it doesn’t involve taking tablets and
it’s totally non-invasive. The principal behind relaxation therapy is that if
your insomnia is caused by stress, pain, or depression and you relax your body
before going to bed you are more likely to be able to get to sleep.
Common relaxation techniques are, listening to ‘inner peace’
music, meditating, massage and deep breathing. If you suffer with stress,
anxiety or pain related insomnia, relaxation may well help you get off to sleep,
but it won’t stop you from waking during the night. What’s more, if your
sleeplessness is caused by something other than stress or pain relaxation will
not help you at all.
iv) Homeopathy. Homeopathic treatments involve a trained
homeopathic therapist assessing your overall health and prescribing a fusion of
several homeopathic remedies to be taken daily.
Many chronic insomnia sufferers have reported benefits from
homeopathy but you must have a full assessment by a trained practitioner, you
can not buy these remedies over the counter. Some people can take several months
to respond favourably to homeopathy, persistence s a must.
v) Melatonin drug therapy. In short, the hormone melatonin
controls your body’s ability to sleep. Quite simply, if you do not have
sufficient amounts of melatonin in your body you will not be able to sleep.
Obviously, it stands to reason that if insomnia is caused by
a lack of melatonin in the body, then surely increasing the amount of melatonin
in the body will resolve your insomnia, and that is true. This is the way to
permanently resolve insomnia, BUT, and when dealing with the human body there
always seems to be a but, it is not very easy to increase the body‘s melatonin
levels, that’s why insomnia has historically been nearly impossible to treat.
Melatonin drug therapy involves taking melatonin supplements
in tablet form. You must take a synthetic melatonin hormone on a daily basis. It
is available in the USA and some other countries but has not been given a
license in the UK. The main reason for this is that is when you take a synthetic
hormone your body can stop or reduce its own production of the hormone because
it senses a source from elsewhere, so taking synthetic melatonin could cause
your body to give up melatonin production altogether leaving you totally
dependant on the synthetic hormone.
vi) Magnetic melatonin therapy. Fortunately the most
effective method of raising melatonin levels within the body is available in the
UK; stimulating your body to increase its own production of melatonin naturally,
without drugs or chemicals. This is achieved by exposing the melatonin
production centre (the pineal gland in the brain) to a strong static magnetic
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