If you’re not sleeping and you want to try to resolved the problem on your own without having to go to the doctor, the tips in this article might get you there. Although insomnia can often be the result of a physical illness, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes all you need is to make a few changes in your behavior and in your thoughts.
Simple changes in one’s daily routine can be incredibly effective and make a large difference. The following tips describe these changes so that you can incorporate them into your life.Continue reading
Many researchers are aware of the effect people have in certain scientific experiments. Their ideas and beliefs in particular can make the difference in whether a drug works for them, for example. The ideas, opinions, and beliefs of certain participants are known as producing experimenter bias, sampling bias, and subject bias. Although psychological research does their best to obtain data objectively, there’s no question that the beliefs of those participating in research play a role in whether data is accurate.
It’s the whole notion of the placebo effect. A placebo is a pill, medicine, or procedure that is harmless and has no therapeutic effect whatsoever. Instead, a placebo might be used to measure whether one’s belief in the medication has an effect on his or her health improving.Continue reading
There are many factors that can contribute to an experience of insomnia. Medication, physical illness, or simply drinking too much caffeine during the day can lead to not being able to sleep. However, for many insomnia is instead the result of anxiety, depression, and in general a very active mind. When this is the case, the most effective method to assist in getting the right amount of sleep is a practice that helps calm the mind.
Practices that facilitate mental and physical relaxation can aide in being able to get a better night’s sleep. Methods that help relax the mind and body can have a significant effect the ability to sleep. And when used regularly, these methods not only bring relaxation in the moment, but they can have a general effect of relaxation over time, facilitating the experience of insomnia to slowly dissipate.Continue reading
When our bodies are physically tired, it’s more likely to fall right into sleep when it comes to bedtime. For instance, sleep specialist Mohammad Hasin agrees that “to ensure good sleep, it’s important that you tire your body out.” He suggests to exercise shortly before going to sleep, whether that’s running, cycling, or going for a brisk walk. The energy spent during the physical exercise can facilitate feeling fatigued enough to sleep. Furthermore, gym instructor Meghna Raju commented, “I’ve advised my clients to go for a jog in the evening, just before their dinner. This way, they feel relaxed and are also too tired to sit up in the night or indulge in other activities.” Exercise is a great way to keep the active mind at bay, which can get in the way of trying to fall asleep. By spending your energy physically, you create enough fatigue to fall asleep.Continue reading
Getting enough sleep is an essential part to emotional, psychological, and physical health. In fact, a common question that mental health professionals ask their clients is whether or not they are getting enough sleep. Because without it, experiences such as depression and anxiety can become exacerbated.
Not only that, lack of sleep can lead to severe health concerns. Without sleep, an individual can experience daytime fatigue, tiredness, drowsiness, trouble concentrating during the day, trouble remembering things, jitteriness, inability to accomplish simple tasks, impaired relationships with friends and family, unusual sleep episodes, depression, and even involvement in car accidents. These symptoms are an indication that there might be a lack of sleep.Continue reading
There’s no question that stress is one of the biggest contributors to insomnia. However, there are many factors that can contribute to an experience of insomnia. Medication, physical illness, or simply drinking too much caffeine during the day can lead to not being able to sleep. Yet, for many, insomnia can be the result of anxiety, depression, and in general a very active mind.
Of course, the mind becomes more and more active when there is psychological and physical threats and danger, and this is often true for both partners involved in domestic violence. Both the aggressor and the victim can experience the violence between them as traumatic. An experience that is considered traumatic is one that threatens the injury, death, or physical integrity, and is usually accompanied by terror and helplessness. A traumatic event could be the death of a friend or family member, sexual or physical abuse, an automobile accident, school violence, experiences of war, the effects of natural disasters, and acts of terrorism. It can include many types of violent experiences, including domestic violence. As a result of experiencing such an intense ordeal, along with feeling powerless to do anything about it, psychological symptoms often result, one of which is insomnia.Continue reading
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you might need a little boost to get your rhythm aligned with the cycles of nature. For instance, there’s a reason why we sleep at night when it’s dark and wake during the day when it’s light. In recent years, scientists have been studying the alternating cycle of sleep and waking and how that is related the hours of daylight and darkness.
It turns out that when an individual is exposed to the sunlight, a nerve pathway from the retina to an area in the brain is stimulated, and this initiates the release of certain hormones, which influence body temperature and other functions that play a role in feeling awake. This area of the brain works like a clock and regulates patterns of activities such as raising body temperature and releasing hormones like cortisol. Later in the day, this area of the brain is also responsible for the release of melatonin, which is related to functions of the body which bring on the need to sleep.Continue reading