Having trouble sleeping?

Studies have shown that you are not alone as millions of men, women, children and older adults have occurrences with some trouble sleeping at several times during their life.

Who doesn’t recall the rare night when you turn and toss all night and wake up in the morning with the feeling that you haven slept any at all? If you are a parent, you may have been up during most of the night with a child who is having trouble sleeping – bad dreams or any of a number of things has woken them up crying and not only is the child’s sleep disturbed but so is yours.

These occasional nights of problems sleeping should not have any lasting effects but continued problems with sleep can cause health problems, no matter how old you are. Children with continued trouble sleeping need to have the cause of the problem solved. Go into you child’s room and lay down in their bed in the dark and see if a tree or something in the room might be making a shadow that could cause a child to have bad dreams. And take the TV or computer or any other toys out of your child’s room.

A parent needs to also set a constant bedtime for their children and be rigid about it. Don’t give your child any caffeinated drinks, sugar or chocolate before bedtime because all three are stimulants and can lead to sleep problems. Children and young adult seem to need more sleep than older adults – some, up to nine hours a night.

Trouble sleeping for adults can be caused from many and varied reasons – from your mattress being too soft, too old or too hard to worrying about some thing that happened during the day. Normally in a few days, your sleep will return to normal.

Go in another room and watch TV or read and you will eventually get drowsy (make a note to not have that extra coke or cup of coffee tomorrow afternoon). Insomnia becomes a problem when it begins to affect your health and has become chronic. There are also some very effective OTC (over-the-counter) sleeping medications can help with those occasional problems sleeping at night.

If you work from home, you should take a break and find new ways to relax before going to sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a place of rest and is stress free. And adults also should avoid any stimulants before bedtime just the same as a child.

Trouble sleeping occasionally, should not be considered a problem until it begins to affect your health or last longer than about two weeks.