Lack of Sleep Treatment Options
Then there are things to avoid. Don’t drink soda or coffee, or other things containing caffeine after dinner. Avoid alcohol or smoking, both can pump stimulants into your bloodstream. If exercise gets you charged up, don’t do it; instead, try a bit of light stretching. Also, use your bed for what’s it is intended – sleep.
Well, and one other thing, but we won’t get into that here. The point is, don’t eating, read, watch TV or listen to loud music in bed. You want your mind and body to associate bed with its primary (and secondary) uses. If the sound of silence is detrimental to sleep, try some soothing music.
If those don’t help you to sleep, there are some natural herbal aids to try. Melatonin is one of the best options, it’s a hormone that helps to regulate the body’s sleep cycle, the circadian rhythm. If you just take a small amount every day, it’ll help you sleep. Also, chamomile tea has been used for centuries. If you’re looking for something long term, valerian is very good.
By taking a small dose of it every day for a month, it’ll solely build up in your system. Not only does it help you fall asleep faster, it also improves the overall quality of your sleep. You can also use Kava Kava, but it’s said to have side effects that impact the liver. So, before trying it, check with your doctor. As an herbal treatment, it’s great for reducing your stress levels.
If the herbal treatments don’t work or appeal to you, there are some over the counter (OTC) medication you can try. The sleep medications diphenhydramine and doxylamine are both good. Their main active ingredient is an antihistamine.
The medication prevents the body from releasing histamine; it’s a chemical in the brain that keeps you awake. In addition, a lot of these OTC drugs have a painkiller as another active ingredient. While these drugs are helpful, you have to be careful; they are not intended to be used on a regular basis.
When to see a doctor?
So, if your sleep trouble continues for over a week, then you should see your doctor. Their first step will be to order a sleep study and a full psychological workup. These days, stress is a real issue. So, if you go to the doctor complaining of jaw pains, it could just be that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep – a sure sign of stress.
Anything from work, personal problems, financial troubles and so on can lead to trouble sleeping. In the case of a psychological issue being the underlying cause, your doctor may recommend talking to a therapist or taking a mild sedative. If actual sleep medication is needed, your doctor can draw from the benzodiazepines and the non-benzodiazepines. Each type has its own pluses and minuses.
With the latter, their side effects are less, and there’s less of a risk of you becoming addicted to them. Typical side effects include dry mouth, bouts of fatigue, and trouble concentrating. There are reports of people almost falling asleep at their work. If these side effects continue, go back to your doctor and review the dosage. Sometimes just reducing it can be enough.
So, it’s clear that you can take your pick from a myriad of sleep treatments. Finding the right one may take some time, but it’s well worth the effort – a good night’s sleep is your reward.