So it’s 4am and you’re lying awake, staring at the ceiling. You know you have to get up and go to work in three hours. If only you could just fall asleep, just for a few hours, you’d be okay.
But you can’t sleep. You roll over. You kick all the blankets off the bed. You get up and put them back on. A few minutes later you get up to use the restroom. On the way back to bed you adjust the blinds, get a glass of water, and get back under the covers. You stare at the ceiling and notice a small fly buzzing against the window, but you’re too exhausted to get up and let it out. You glance at the clock. It’s now 4:10am and you’re wide awake. The battle continues.
If this sounds familiar, then you could be one of the 64 million Americans who suffer from occasional or chronic insomnia, a condition characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Everyone suffers from occasional bouts of insomnia, which can be brought on by stress, overwork, or lifestyle changes, but if your insomnia has lasted longer than a couple of weeks then it’s time to seek help.
Only a qualified medical opinion can pinpoint the exact cause of your sleeplessness. But if your trouble stems from the long-term inability to fall or stay asleep, it is recommended that you try a number of non-prescription techniques before you head to the doctor’s…