How to fall asleep faster

Do you want to fall asleep faster at night, but can’t? Do you toss and turn for hours before falling asleep? Perhaps you have a sleep problem or insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by chronic problems falling asleep, staying asleep or only sleeping for several hours and being wake unable to fall back to sleep. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Both organic and non-organic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder.

The best way to fall asleep faster is to relax before bedtime. People relax in many ways, watching television, reading, soaking in a warm bath or taking a short walk. But there are things that you should not do. Don’t eat a heavy meal before bedtime. Don’t have your computer and office in your bedroom. Have your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible. Meditation before sleep as well as relaxation tapes that also help. Soft music also helps people fall asleep as well as any type of white noise machines that are currently on the market. When I worked nights, I had to get one of these machines that made the sound of a water fall in order to fall asleep. Even after 15 years, I still can not fall asleep with out that sound.

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.

Suggestions for help in sleep, are sleeping on a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, and exercising regularly, A well used and healthy body has very little trouble sleeping.
If sleep time isn’t a good time for you, or you want to go to sleep faster, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about your options. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) makes sure that people with sleep problems get the best medical care. The AASM accredits centers and labs that treat people who have sleep problems. In 1977 the AASM accredited the first sleep disorders center. The AASM also certifies behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialists. These doctors’ help people improve their sleep by changing how they think and behave.

But if you still don’t feel you are falling asleep faster at night and this continues for several weeks, you should talk to your family doctor to see what your options are. Some people are blessed with the ability to go to sleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, others do not. So, have a discussion with your doctor to see if you have any medical problems that are keeping you from going to sleep faster.