What Can Help Insomnia & Sleep Issues?
Insomnia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. But did you know that it can trigger many other ailments as well? This can include concentration issues, mood changes, high blood pressure, depression, and even diabetes. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help.
According to the CDC) “More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.” This is based on a media of seven hours per night. The CDC also declared poor sleep a public health problem in 2009, highlighting a connection between sleeplessness and “motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors."
A proper amount of sleep is critical to proper functioning. If you fall behind, it gets even tougher to get back to normal. So here are some important tips and tools to help you overcome your sleep issues.
1. Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks at Night
Foods and drinks that are high in sugar and contain caffeine and/or alcohol could contribute to your sleep troubles. Fortunately, there are some foods that may actually do the opposite. The potassium and magnesium in bananas, for instance, help your muscles relax, which make it that much easier to turn your light off and drift off to sleep. Decaffeinated Tea also encourages relaxation, especially ones specifically for sleep.
2. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed
A report by the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation states that electronics halt your body’s melatonin production, keeps your brain active, and wakes you up in the middle of the night. Do yourself a favor and turn your cell phone, television and computer off before going to bed. Try it for a week and you should see a difference.
3. Exercise, exercise, exercise
At the very least, a 10 minute walk each day should help you get better sleep. But more is better. A 2012 study, titled “Is exercise an alternative treatment for chronic insomnia?” suggests that exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, could help people who suffer from insomnia, and reduce symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
4. Neurofeedback Therapy
Neurofeedback is a computer-based, non-invasive technique that helps restore healthy brain function by normalizing fast or slow brainwaves. This can help improve focus-attention issues, address memory problems, and regulate sleeping patterns. Neurofeedback has over 50 years of case studies to prove its effectiveness.
If you are having sleep issues, you owe it to yourself to try some of these steps to see if you feel a difference. Chances are, you will.
If you are interested in neurofeedback therapy in Orlando, give us a call and we can discuss it in more detail.
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