Dealing with Insomnia

Insomnia is something everyone deals with at some point in their life. From trying to regain your school sleep schedule to dealing with the stresses of midterms and finals, insomnia is not something people want to be dealing with. For some people, it’s a day but for others, it can be a lifetime struggle.

Insomnia is the chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time. 

You may be experiencing insomnia for a number of reasons:

  • Stress
  • Feelings of anxiety or worry
  • Depression
  • Sleep Environment
  • Recent Traumatic Event

I have developed a few techniques to aid in getting a good night’s sleep.

Shutting off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. This may seem inconvenient, especially for a busy student, but to help your brain and body to calm down, you should remove yourself from any screens and try reading for 30 minutes before bed instead of catching up on your TV.

Avoid naps! Although this might be something that is nearly impossible for some people, if you are able to avoid napping during the day, falling asleep at night will be less of a hassle. If you do need to nap, do so for only 20 minutes.

Melatonin. This is somewhat of a quick fix, but you can pick up melatonin at your drug store. Melatonin is produced naturally in your body, and helps induce sleep. Taking it as a supplement can help if you have suddenly altered your sleep schedule and need to balance it again. However, melatonin should not be taken every night and if your insomnia continues, see a doctor.

A few more quick tips

  • Create a comfortable sleeping environment
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule: Sleep and wake up at the same time everyday.

However, some of your reasons for having insomnia might not be so easily cured (e.g. depression or anxiety), and if your insomnia persists it may be beneficial to speak to a doctor.

Feel free to comment with your tips on how to fight insomnia!