Trouble Sleeping

What is trouble sleeping and some solutions

Having trouble sleeping? Research shows that millions of men, women, children and older adults experience some trouble sleeping at some time during their life. Who hasn’t had the occasional night where you toss and turn and wake up in the morning feeling as if you haven’t slept any at all? Or, 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 nightmares has woken them up crying and in turn your sleep is disturbed.

A few nights of trouble sleeping will not have any long term effect but continued lack of sleep has health risks, no matter what your age. Children with continued trouble sleeping need to have the source of the problem solved. Lay down in your child’s 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 consistent bedtime for their children and be firm about it. Don’t give your child any sugar, caffeinated drinks 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 old, too soft or too hard to worrying about some thing that happened during the day. Usually in a few days, your sleeping pattern will returned to normal.

Go in another room and watch TV or read and you will probably get drowsy soon enough (make a note to not have that extra cup of coffee tomorrow afternoon). Insomnia only 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 aids that can help with 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 anything that stimulants their system 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.

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