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Does anyone have any tips for curbing insomnia? I've been suffering for about two months now. Four hours sleep is a good night for me and that's usual after a few cups of herbal tea and a physically and mentally exhausting day.

I just cannot get my mind to go blank

Any advice?


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(Original post by Babybeaz)
Does anyone have any tips for curbing insomnia? I've been suffering for about two months now. Four hours sleep is a good night for me and that's usual after a few cups of herbal tea and a physically and mentally exhausting day.

I just cannot get my mind to go blank

Any advice?


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You could try looking into relaxation techniques. For instance, in one you need to tense your muscles then relax them starting at your toes and moving the way up doing each muscle one at a time. A lot of people find that doing this sort of thing can really help.

Are you under any additional stress recently?

It might be a good idea to see your GP just to check that there's nothing physical or mental that needs fixing.
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If you havent already, give jasmine tea a try. I can get about 6 hours a night with it (as opposed to my usual 5 hours).
Get into a routine, e.g. I have a music playlist which I reserve for relaxing, after listening to it for a few weeks you begin to relax whenever you hear it, so you can play it just before bed.
experiment with sleep times. there might be some times when you just wake up/dont sleep, find those specific times and work around them.
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Check with your GP if there is any underlying medical problems. Deal with any stress and anxiety issues; it's a major cause of insomnia. Consider if there was any major lifestyle changes two months ago; your sleeping patterns could just be a bad habit now.

The breathing, mindfulness, meditation, self-hypnosis approach is a useful way of interacting with your mind state at night. Give yourself a wind-down period before going to bed; your cortisol levels need to be low to be able to relax.

http://www.clinicalhypnotherapy-card...leep_problems/
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It depends, if you've got anxiety or depression, they can cause insomnia which in turn will make you feel worse so its like a vicious cycle. Best thing you can do is stick to a routine and try hard not to worry about your insomnia. Try to think of it like this, a perfect 8 hours undisturbed sleep is desirable but not vital. You will be able to cope with less than that. Don't worry about the effects on insomnia. Its also important that you address any worries and stress in your life. Sleeping pills only offer a short term relief and don't cure the root cause of insomnia. Hope that helps!
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