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Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

Insomnia – a condition characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – is wildly common in our society.

Recent reports of high levels of insomnia in North America suggest that we must have a lot of tired people walking our streets, driving our roads, and flying our planes.

Up to 50% of people are affected by insomnia.

10% of the adult population have a long standing insomnia problem.

That is a phenomenal number of people who wish they could get to sleep more often. Are you one of them?

You’ve tried counting backwards from 100. You’ve tried reading and listening to relaxing music. Maybe you’ve even tried changing your diet.

What else can you do?

A good way to start is to pinpoint the root of your insomnia.

What Causes Insomnia?

Sometimes the root of insomnia can be situational based on your sleep environment. For example:

  • An uncomfortable bed
  • Loud noises
  • Temperature of room is too hot or too cold
  • High altitude

These problems are relatively easy to fix. If these are the true roots of your insomnia, your sleep should return as soon as the obstacle is eliminated.

Other roots include physiological sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, or nocturnal asthma. If you are experiencing pain or difficulty breathing while attempting to fall asleep, consult your doctor for appropriate treatment.

However, if your insomnia remains after you have remedied the situational and physiological obstacles; your sleeplessness may be rooted to a deeper issue. Potential psychological roots of insomnia include:

And most commonly:

  • Stress

If you, like many insomniacs, attribute your insomnia to a psychological issue, take a look at our page on stress. Learn how it works within the body, and what you can do to ease your nerves. Keep in mind that eliminating stress will help you sleep at night, but it will also help you smile during the day. It might be one of the most important things you ever do.

Besides decreasing the stress in your life, there are other behavioural treatments you can try to cure insomnia:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. By starting a routine you will help your body recognize the right time to fall asleep.
  • Exercise every day. This will help your body realize that it is tired when it is time to sleep.
  • Avoid oversleeping. Getting too much sleep in one night will confuse your body the next time it tries to fall asleep.
  • Do not eat large meals or have large drinks within one hour of trying to go to sleep.
  • Do not drink caffeinated drinks after 4:00pm. The caffeine may remain in your body for hours and impede your sleep.

All natural sleep supplements, such as Vemma PM, are also often used to help combat insomnia.

Every good day starts with a night of good rest. Give yourself the energy you need to get through the day.

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