A Holistic Approach to Treating Insomnia

 

Are you having trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night or early morning and find it difficult to go back to sleep? Perhaps you are suffering from insomnia, which is another way of describing the inability to fall or stay asleep. Insomnia is a common problem and can easily affect a wide age range in the general population. It could be ongoing or only short term.



Causes

  • It could be caused by pain, medications, stimulants, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • It may be induced as a result of other underlying health conditions like depression, anxiety, asthma, or other more serious stuff.
  • It could be simply caused by taking daytime naps or a lack of activity or exercise.
  • It may be caused by a major source of stress that is currently consuming one's life. Relationships, or psychological, marital, financial, and social situations can greatly influence the quality of life.


Natural Solutions

Aside from the undeniable need to follow up with your doctor for your medical needs, the first holistic approach to treating the problem of insomnia is to eliminate all the obvious suspects and develop wholesome habits. Here are some tips:

 

  • Needless to say, you should try and avoid caffeine, nicotine, or excessive alcohol late in the evening.
  • Engage in some form of outdoor activity everyday. This may include routine exercises like jogging, biking, or just simple neighborhood walks.
  • Avoid working in dark places; don’t close the blinds or curtains during the daytime hours.
  • Stay away from watching TV or staring at the computer screen beyond nine or ten o’clock in the evening.

    Some people believe that they can only fall asleep when the TV is on, but the quality of sleep, when induced this way, is very poor and often exhausting. That’s why you wake up feeling tired or tend to run out of energy before the end of the day.

  • Try to expose yourself to natural lighting as much as possible, regardless of whether it’s cloudy, raining, or snowing. This resets your biological clock the natural way.
  • Avoid napping.
  • Try to stay out of your bedroom at all costs until you are ready to go back to sleep at the end of the day.


Natural Remedies

Once these simple steps are clearly exercised or at least moderately adhered to, if you are still having trouble falling asleep, you may try one of these natural mind-body enhancing techniques:

 

  • Use the power of colors. Colors have a tremendous effect on the state of consciousness. Some colors can make you sleepy, while others can wake you up and make you feel refreshed. knowing this, why not use the power of color to help you fall asleep?
    • Begin with the colors of the rainbow. For example, you could start by imagining a red bird sitting on your finger. Then see that bird spread its wings and gently fly away. Watch it until it disappears into the soft light of the moon. Follow that red bird until it vanishes into thin air. Then do the same thing with an orange bird, followed by yellow, green, blue, purple, and so on. Keep repeating this until you fall asleep.
    • You can try the same thing with balloons as you watch them disappear into the thin stratosphere.

 

  • Use the power of perceived motion.
    • Spinning. This may take a bit of practice, but once you get a hang of it, you will see how powerful it can be. In fact this is my favorite form of sleep induction.
      • Imagine the room spinning around you as you lie in bed trying to fall asleep. Feel what it would feel like if the room was actually spinning. This technique is so powerful, it may make some people feel dizzy or motion sick. If that’s the case for you, then let the spinning be extremely slow.[spacer height="10px"] 
    • Another similar strategy is to “rock the cradle.” As silly as this may sound, it is tremendously powerful to imagine yourself lying in a baby crib that is subtly rocking back and forth. Do you remember how your mom or dad held you in their arms and swung you back and forth? They knew what they were doing, didn’t they? There is actually a scientific explanation behind this. Again, this may make some people feel dizzy or motion sick. If so, then take it easy and slow.