How to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer

Do you need to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer? Is this a problem that you deal with every night? If so, perhaps you have a sleep disorder called insomnia.

Almost everyone has occasional nights where they have problems falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer. There are many natural aids and lifestyle changes that you can try.

There are many good relaxation teas and herbs from which to choose as a sleep aid. One herbal tea which many people have reported good results with is known as “Tension Tamer” tea. The ingredients include eleuthero ginseng root, peppermint leaves, cinnamon, ginger root, chamomile flowers, lemon grass, licorice root, catnip leaves, tilia flowers, natural lemon flavor, hops, and vitamins B6 and B12 and reportedly relieves stress or tension which helps with your sleep.

When it’s not convenient to have hot tea, you might want to try some of the many herbal supplements that promote relaxation. Be careful when buying these, though, because the name on the bottle can be misleading. There are at least three supplements called “Tension Tamer”. One is the original blend, one is the Ultimate blend, and one is the Unique blend. They each have slightly different ingredients and they are also different from the tea, itself. Consult with an herbal professional or your pharmacist before starting any herbal treatment especially if you are on any prescription medications as the two might not work well together.

Still having problems? Then you might suffer from Insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by stress either at work or at home, clinical depression, uninviting sleeping area, too much light in the room, drinking alcohol, drugs, muscle tension, too much caffeine, lumpy bed, pregnancy or any number of reasons. Insomnia can also be the symptom of a more serious medical problem. That is why most literature on this subject, recommends that if you suffer from insomnia for two or more weeks, you should see your family physician to see if some other medical problem isn’t going on.

Because Insomnia may be a symptom of other medical problems and because of that reason; sleep medicine is a recognized medical subspecialty. Doctors who specialize in sleep medicine help people who are unable to sleep well. Sleep doctors are able to detect and treat both common and rare sleep disorders. Some common sleep disorders are insomnia, jet lag, sleepwalking, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

So it is recommended that before you start any herbal or OTC (over-the-counter) sleep aids that you check with your doctor. Also remember, just like prescription medications, herbs and OTC sleep aids have their good and bad effects and effect different people, differently.

So, if you want to fall asleep sooner and sleep longer – try some of the suggestions in this article.