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Use Healthy Sleeping Habits

Insomnia can be brought on in a variety of ways that can be both medical and non-medical.

Medical causes include:

• Pain due to injuries such as a fracture or sprain
• Chronic muscle pain
• Irritation due to allergies (itching, sneezing, watery eyes, etc.)
• Acid reflux and other gastrointestinal problems
• Asthma and other breathing conditions
• Certain medication prescribed to treat other ailments such as a cold or throat infection
• Illness in general
• Depression as well as anxiety

Non-Medical causes include:

• Stress (Loss, bad working conditions, marriage trouble)
• Change in schedule through change in working hours or even extreme jetlag
• Environmental factors such as light, noise, smell or temperature

Once you have identified the cause or causes of the insomnia, you can find ways to tackle them individually to help you sleep.

There are some things that you can do to get that much needed sleep that you have been missing.

First and foremost you should try to get yourself into a regular routine, setting a time to sleep every day and sticking to it as well as getting a regular and reasonable amount of exercise daily to not only stay healthy but to tire you out and make it easier to sleep. However, be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime because that can be counterproductive and keep you awake.

You should avoid alcohol which can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and caffeine which keeps you up at night.

Use thick curtains to block out any light from outside and try to get the room to a comfortable temperature either by using more blankets or by installing an air conditioner or cooler.

If you still can’t sleep, get up and do something that isn’t over stimulating such as reading a book or planning out your next day.