There are lots of different sleep aids to buy, but how do you decide which one is the best for you?
This blog will help you choose. Surprisingly for some – you might not need ANY, just a change of lifestyle.
Over the last 13 years or so I have been observing that it is far too common for people to be recommending and selling particular sleep solutions (both natural and medicated) that aren’t described within any meaningful framework. It is rare that people are recommending basic health changes like exercise, hydration and good diet as profoundly good solutions in many cases. Looking for the ‘magic pill’ is naïve. And if you are reading this article you probably already know that sleeping pills will never address your underlying sleep issue – they just might allow you to procrastinate a bit longer (NOT a solution).
Insomnia is always a symptom of something else. Your only mission is to find out what the ‘something else’ is in your individual case. Then, and only then, can you move in the direction of a best sleep aid for you.
1. Take This Process Seriously.
Considering that lack of sleep has been proven to affect many aspects of your mental and physical health, it is important to go through this process carefully and conscientiously.
Lack of sleep has been associated with heart disease, putting on weight, reduced immune function, inflammation, reduced life span, accidents, inaccuracy, diabetes, depression, increased anxiety and panic, incidence of cancer, attitude problems, relationship difficulties, mental health problems , increased insurance premiums, drug and substance abuse and more. Will I go on?
2. Describe Your Sleep Problem in Detail.
This step alone can point to an immediate solution.
Answer the following questions and write all the factors on a piece of paper, so you can later work through one by one to get to your best solutions:
Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
Waking up in the night?
Waking Too Early in the Morning?
Has your problem been going on for a long time?
Is your insomnia worse at certain seasons of the year?
Does your insomnia occur only periodically, and then only for a few nights?
Do you have an underlying or accompanying psychological disorder? Anxiety? Panic? Depression? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Do you have allergies and food intolerances?
Have you investigated the side effects of your present medications, and how your medications react with each other (if you are taking more than one medication)?
Have you have trouble breathing, that is waking you up?
Diagnosed or undiagnosed sleep apnea?
Do you snore?
Are you overweight?
Are you worried? What are you worried about?
Do you wake up too early in the morning (a sign of depression)?
How hot is your bed that you sleep in? Are your bed-coverings heavy and/or hot? Synthetic fibers?
Have you been unable to sleep for years? Do you have an unresolved issue? From childhood?
Are you in physical pain and can’t sleep?
Do you have a fun, rewarding and fulfilling job or business?
Do you have a great primary/partnership relationship?
Have you got some nice, honest and genuine fun friends?
Are you honest and truthful?
You may not have seen these sorts of questions asked about your sleep, but I guarantee they need to be answered.
3. Match Sleep Aids to the Underlying Problem for Your Insomnia.
Armed with your list of why you aren’t sleeping properly – based on correct research and answers to step 2 above you can then start selecting an appropriate strategy for that particular problem(s). If you are staying awake worrying over your mortgage all night, a cup of chamomile tea and a valerian tablet is not going work!
Yes, I know that sounds laughable, but about 80% of the people reading this article came here to find a quick fix in the way of a tablet, supplement or pill without correctly analyzing their real sleep disorder problem.
Yes, there are supplements to help with SOME sleep problems – but addressing the answers to question 2 is where you should start for excellent results to your search for your Best Sleep Aids.
How are you going with this exercise? Put your comments below so we can learn from each other: