I regularly find myself struggling to get to sleep at night.
It’s been an ongoing issue ever since I can remember.
Sometimes it’s not all that bad and other times it can mean I lie awake for what seems like hours.
I rarely feel like I’ve had a good night’s sleep even when I do get eight hours or more.
It’s a constant course of frustration that gradually builds up until I’m so irritable I feel like I’m going to burst.
Thankfully running helps burn off irritation but I’d much rather be well rested before going out for a long run.
Herbal Remedies And Ones That Don’t Need A Prescription
I’ve tried a couple of herbal remedies and ones you can buy in a pharmacy without a prescription.
I was surprised at how ineffective they were for the price I had to pay.
After a few days I didn’t feel I’d gotten any better sleep than I did before taking them.
Perhaps it takes longer than I was prepared to give them to work their magic.
Being sleep deprived I’m not always very patient with things like this!
I was left disappointed with products like Nytol because they do little to help my insomnia, yet promise to help with a good night’s sleep.
I’ve heard good things about meditation so I thought I’d give it a go to help my insomnia.
I started the process off by using the Headspace app to walk me through what I should be doing.
I felt a bit daft sitting around with my eyes closed and trying to get into the moment.
It didn’t help me relax or clear my mind because all I was thinking about was everything else I could be doing instead.
After trying it out for 10 days, I decided that meditation isn’t for me.
I get more from running because it helps me clear my mind, feel more positive, keep calm and to think more clearly.
Meditation was something I had hoped might do that too but it felt like a waste of time to me.
Something Different To Beat Insomnia
Whilst I was researching how to beat insomnia, I came across many weird and wonderful solutions.
One solution that caught my attention was the 4-7-8 method of getting to sleep.
- place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth;
- inhale for 4 seconds;
- hold the breath for 7 seconds, and then;
- exhale for 8 seconds.
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It seems quite simple but if it’s effective all the better.
I’m willing to give anything a try so to perfect the technique I’m going to test it out for the next 60 days.
If it can make me go to sleep in less than one minute I’ll be a happy man!
Do You Suffer From Insomnia?
Have you found an effective way to beat insomnia that doesn’t involve medication?
Do you have any tips for getting a good night’s sleep?