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NDINDA: Steps to take in dealing with Insomnia


Hello our dear esteemed readers. It's been a minute. On our today's episode, Stay Healthy will take you through a very important issue affecting us. Let's talk about how to manage and deal with insomnia. 

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder caused by a number of factors like work shifts, smoking and caffeine. Photo/COURTESY

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder or rather the inability to sleep. Insomnia could be caused by a number of factors such as change of shifts in work, smoking and caffeine intake before bed.

It may not seem like a big deal not to get enough sleep but it should worry you. Our bodies need rest so just to wake up feeling all good for the next day or task. How do we manage insomnia though? Here are some of the points that we should consider.

(a)Make sure your bed is comfortable. Some good sleep needs a very comfortable place that gives our bodies enough rest. Some of us can't sleep without a pillow while others don't prefer pillows. Make your bed as comfortable as you like. The comfort itself will get you sleeping unknowingly.

Sleeping Routine

(b)Maintain a sleeping routine. Stick to a sleeping schedule so just to make sure that you adapt to a certain routine. This will make sure that your body gets enough rest once it's time.

(c)Avoid large meals to bedtime. Large meals intake before sleep, makes digestion take too much time thus causing some discomfort. It's really hard catching some sleep when we have something causing discomfort. You could think of taking these meals in the morning since you'll need that energy to keep you going throughout the day.

(d)Avoid or limit the intake of caffeine before bed time. Most of us like drinking coffee before going to bed. Caffeine keeps us so much awake thus not having to rest for the required time to rest.

(e)Relax before bed time. This ensures that you don't go to bed while still feeling so tired. Once you have relaxed, you could proceed to bed and catch some sleep. You could do a warm water bath or listen to some soft music.

(f)Avoid or quit smoking. Cigars contain nicotine which is a stimulant. People who smoke find it hard to sleep and whenever they do, they wake up frequently thus making them have a sleeping disorder.

(g)Do some exercise. Yoga, swimming, jogging could help relieve some stress and relax your mind. Remember, sleep is as well controlled by the brain.

(h)Lastly, make sure your sleeping environment is very conducive. Avoid noise, light or disruptions while sleeping. Some cool place will guarantee you a good day or night sleep.

I really hope that these tips will help improve your sleeping patterns, for a healthy lifestyle. Till next time for our episode, enjoy our articles and be safe.

The writer, FAITH NDINDA is a budding Journalist with passion on Health and Lifestyle matters.

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