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May 2 2011 2 02 /05 /May /2011 10:41

Insomnia strikes many people every night. Many insomniac people often wonder: "How do you sleep at night?" Not only do they have problems falling asleep but sometimes they can't fall asleep at all. This article provides some tips for falling asleep that may help yo to get the rest your body needs.

Reasons why you can't sleep

Brain activity

Having an active mind is one reason why you cannot fall asleep quickly. This means that your mind is racing with thoughts about anything - from finances, work and family to even school. It can be difficult to stop the mind from creating new ideas that makes it hard to go to sleep.

Caffeine

Another culprit of insomnia is caffeine. Drinking coffee or soda can stimulate us, making it very hard to get a good night's rest. While you may enjoy that cup of coffee at 5 p.m., the caffeine can have a negative effect on you a few hours later, therefore affecting your sleep habits.

What you can do

There are a few things you can try to help you to fall asleep fast. While some of these options may work for others and not for you, don't be afraid to try something until you find the one thing to help you fall asleep.

Medication

While medication to help you sleep should never be used in excess or without trying every other alternative first, sometimes over-the-counter sleep medication can really help you to get some sleep. There are even some natural choices that are non-addictive and safer to use.

Reading

Reading before bed can be helpful in putting your mind in a state of relaxation. The only thing to worry about is to make sure you stop when you are tired. Don't push yourself to read more even if you are at an interesting spot in the book. It will still be there the next day.

Visualization

You don't have to be an expert at meditation to try a few simple tasks to set your mind at ease.

Try to "think about nothing"

Try to relax as much as possible and think about nothing at all. That is harder than it sounds, but if you have already used meditation or relaxation techniques in your life such as yoga, then you know how to get started.

Hypnosis

If you can't empty your mind, then try some hypnosis techniques. Think of a calm, peaceful place such as the beach. Feel yourself there, warm and serene.

Final word

These are several ways to get to sleep. Everyone is different and will react differently but you may find that these helpful ways to fall asleep actually work for you.

Sleep Like A Baby

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