Tips on falling asleep if you have insomnia

In the article, we will review some tips on helping a person fall asleep. How long does it take for a person to fall asleep? That depends on a number of factors, including how tired the person is, what the person ate before they went to bed, and numerous other factors. If you have sleep problems, a person could take what seems like hours to fall asleep.

Insomnia can be caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression, or other mental conditions and sometimes occurs for no apparent reason. A physical pain or overactive mind may also be causes. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it.

It normally takes me about a half hour to fall asleep, but my son is asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow.

Normally I have trouble falling asleep if I don’t keep a regular sleep time; eat a heavy meal late in the evening (closer to bedtime). The TV helps me fall asleep so I have it on a timer so that it shuts off after a half hour. I also need total dark and my bedroom needs to be ice cold – even in summer. Which doesn’t help save energy?

The best way to fall asleep is to have good sleep habits or to use natural sleep aids. These include reducing stress by using visualization or relaxation techniques, making lifestyle changes such as no-smoking, no caffeine, no daytime naps, or getting more light during the day. Other natural or best sleep aids are changing to a healthier diet and starting an exercise program. But, if making these changes to try to reduce problems with sleep and after visiting a doctor to make sure there are no medical reasons for the insomnia; then there are other sleep aids that a person can consider using.

There are several other-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids that have helped many with their insomnia but as with any other medication, there are also side effects. Children and others can be helped with occasional insomnia, by taking a baby aspirin, but there are also people who are sensitive or allergic to aspirins, so care should even be taken with them.

There are several herbs that are known to be beneficial for people having sleeping problems. One common herbal sleep aid is Valerian which has been recognized for years in Europe as being helpful with insomnia. It is sold in the United States as a dietary supplement. There is no agreement on how this sleep aid works, but studies have shown that it does help with insomnia, as well as stress, and often as an aid in helping people who are trying to discontinue the use of benzodiazepines (a class of prescription medications for anxiety and panic attacks). There are side effects that have been reported, so before taking this herbal aid, a person should discuss taking Valerian with a pharmacist, especially if they are taking any prescription medications. The root is the part that is used in herbal sleep aids, and side effects of headaches and night terror, have been reported. The oil of this root is reported to have the odor of cat urine, so the most popular way to take Valerian is as a pill, rather than a tea made from the liquid.

Melatonin is a sleep aid to help people fall asleep — especially people who suffer from the insomnia caused by shift work or jet lag. Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body when serotonin, another hormone, is exposed to decreased light at night. It has side effects and most of the literature recommends it not being used by people with depression, schizophrenia, autoimmune diseases, or other serious illness. Pregnant and nursing women and children should also not use melatonin.

It is advised that if you have trouble falling asleep and have tried all the natural tips in this article, then perhaps you need to see a sleep specialist. So many people have sleep problems; there is now a subspecialty in medicine for sleep problems. Since insomnia can be a symptom of another medical problem, it is best to get a consultation with your doctor and discuss your sleeping problems with him.

But even with all the tips on falling asleep, it is still different with each person on how to fall asleep.