Sep
25

How to Solve 9 Sleep Problems

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Sleep is Fundamental

If you’ve ever gone without sleep for several nights in a row, you know how necessary and fundamental it is.  But the problem is more complicated than just going without sleep.  Some people can’t fall asleep, others can’t stay asleep, others have an irregular sleep schedule, and for various reasons.  Here is an article that gives tips for nine different sleep problems:

Most of us have experienced those maddening midnight moments when, no matter how tired we are, we either can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep or our sleep is of such poor quality it feels as if we were awake. For anyone who has tossed and turned at night, here’s some expert advice for solving nine sleep problems.

The Night Waker

Her challenge: After a stressful breakup two years ago, Meredith Crowell, 40, a single real estate property manager and yoga instructor from Boulder, Colorado, would wake up in the middle of the night filled with sadness and anxiety. But even after she felt better emotionally, the sleep troubles continued. Although she typically falls asleep easily around 10:30 p.m., she is wide awake three or four hours later. She falls back into a fitful sleep, then gets up around 6 a.m. to begin her day. “I never wake feeling well rested, because it feels like I don’t get more than about four hours of truly deep sleep,” she says. To no avail, Meredith has tried myriad remedies — warm baths, hot milk, a glass of wine before bed, no food before bed, relaxation techniques, and prescription and homeopathic medicines. She took a prescription medication, but that didn’t give her more than four hours of sleep. She even tried taking the medication when she woke in the middle of the night, but that left her too groggy in the morning.  Expert advice: “The good news is that Meredith’s insomnia seems to…(click here to read entire article)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.

Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Anja, thanks for sharing this article. Sleep problems are a definite challenge to any of us dealing with depression, anxiety, or any other kind of stress. One hint I would share with your readers. I know this is against other articles I have read, but I have found that going running in the evening has been really helpful to me in falling asleep. Everyone is different, but it’s been great for me!

  2. Anda Jines says:

    Thank you for your comment. I agree that each person is different and needs to find what works specifically for them. And even this can change over time. I too have read that exercise right before bedtime might make sleep difficult, but also that it’s okay as long as you give yourself at least a couple of hours to settle down afterward.

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