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Natural Solutions for Insomnia

Making a few changes in your sleep regimen may ease your insomnia more effectively than popping a pill, according to a study from the "Journal of the American Medical Association." Of the study's 46 insomniac participants, those who learned new sleep-inducing strategies (relaxation exercises; creating a more sleep-friendly bedroom) spent 52 percent less time tossing and turning after six weeks. Those who took the sleeping pill Imovane only cut back on their wake time by 4 percent.

To shake off chronic insomnia, lead author Berge Sivertsen, Psy.D., suggests following a two-week sleep restriction plan: Wake up around six every morning, avoid daytime naps, and wait as long as you can before hitting the sack each night.

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  • 24 Jul, 2013

    Those are some great suggestions! I have found that making my bed as comfortable as possible is incredibly important. Personally, I am very sensitive to heat fluctuations, and if I am woken up in the middle of the night, I will be unable to go back to sleep. New sheets have helped so much. My favorite are from Thomas Lee Ltd, they are very crisp and do not get too hot or too cold. You can find them online at www.thomasleeltd.com . I am doing everything I can to avoid taking sleeping pills!

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