Sleep is as natural a function as eating and breathing. Sleep problems are common and statistics show that Americans are not sleeping enough. Proper sleep quality and quantity is vital to health and happiness. Curing insomnia may be challenging, however, don’t give up! Keep researching, talk to your healthcare provider, and be willing to try new things. Soothing sounds, medication, and adequate breathing are effective ways to fix some types of sleep problems.
Listening to sounds to fall asleep is a simple solution that may pay off big. Classical or instrumental music may have the greatest impact, however if you have a broad palate for musical tastes try songs from different styles. A strong beat may give the mind a rhythm to focus on as it disconnects from the hectic day.
Alternatives to music include nature sounds, apps for guided meditation/hypnosis, and white noise, which are available for download. A unique podcast, designed for sleep is available as well. “Sleep with Me” features a gravelly voiced gentleman talking on a variety of topics. His stated goal is to be interesting enough to focus on, but boring enough for you to lose interest after a few moments. The podcaster slurs, goes off on a tangent, and invents words in an effort to get the mind to give up trying to follow what is being said. This effectively mimics the feeling of sitting in a large lecture hall trying to keep up with a wordy professor. Try several of these options to see what works best.
Sleep medications may also work, however, side effects such as grogginess, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue may be undesirable. Sleeping medications include herbal remedies, over the counter products, and prescriptions. If prescription drugs such as Valium or Ambien are necessary, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best options for you.