Sleeping Aids – The Quest for Sleep in Insomniac Patients

People suffering of insomnia are usually on a desperate quest to look for sleeping aids that would help them go to sleep. There are many reasons why people may be facing the problem of getting themselves to sleep. For example, going to sleep in the summer heat is a big problem. People struggle to find means of coping with sleepless nights.

In some people the situation gets so bad that they keep lying awake at night for days at end. Overtime it turns into a routine. Usually in the first few days of no sleep, the body gets so exhausted that eventually it gives in to sleep. But after a time the body tends to get immune to the idea of sleep. It gets so worse that sleeping pills or herbal treatments don’t work too. It eventually becomes necessary for people to then turn to sleeping aids that would be suitable for them.

The ‘Vicious Circle’ and Sleeping Aids

The main problem around sleep is usually anxiety. Some people have emotional reactions to sleep, especially if they are woken up from sleep. It becomes a feeling of both anger and depression in some people when people are unable to fall asleep. They then begin to panic that they won’t be able to sleep at all, and the worry keeps them up all night. The main factors causing this problem of lack of sleep are usually personal problems, noise and stress from work.

Everyone suffers from lack of sleep at some point. In some cases it only lasts for a few days, until the person gets relief of the worrying thoughts, whereas in some people it tends to become a dangerous habit. When not being able to sleep seems to be becoming a norm, it means insomnia is beginning to show up its ugly head. This also means that urgent attention must be paid to solve this problem immediately, before it gets out of control.

Psychologists have this general ideology that the less a person sleeps the more anxious they become. Not managing to sleep sort of becomes a habit and evolves into a vicious circle. There are above 80 sleep problems recognized to be associated with insomnia, which are commonly seen in about 30 to 40% of a population. People suffering of insomnia describe the feeling of days without sleep as a hangover. Without the use of sleeping aids insomniac patients tend to feel very queasy and are basically nervous throughout the day. The uneasy feelings all accumulate and become difficult to bear eventually.

Helpful Tips

There are certain suggestions that work as sleeping aids to help people battle sleeplessness. Such as:

  • Avoiding having a TV in the bedroom
  • Exercising daily
  • Going to bed at one selected time everyday
  • Taking milky drinks before going to bed
  • Avoiding alcohol or other stimulants
  • Trying sleeping aids like yoga, listening to music or hypnosis to fall asleep
  • Avoiding eating or drinking anything very late at night or just before lying down to sleep.

Dependency on Sleeping Aids

It becomes necessary to consider the use of soft sleeping aids (AKA herbal remedies), such as Nightol, Valerian and antihistamines. These combined with fixed routines are aimed at relaxing the body before going to bed and tend to show more successful results. For example, reading something uninteresting before bedtime to help fall asleep, drinking herbal drinks or tea and sticking to regular bedtimes. Though, if people are not careful they develop a mild dependency to the use of sleeping aids without realizing it. This can get out of control if care is not taken.

Being More Creative about Sleeping Aids

There are some creative ways of approaching sleeping aids, which some insomniac patients consider in dire need (for example, turning to acupuncture). Acupuncture yields good results in the beginning, but soon begins to loose its effect also. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy audio books are another option people think of considering. Hypnotherapy audio books or CD’s consist of carefully narrated scripts, sounds and gentle synthetic music, which focus on relaxing the listener while they try to sleep. Their aim is to slow down the body machinery and thoughts of listeners.

Once the listener is relaxed, hypnotherapists give hypnotic suggestions in a repeated manner that deliver the message that the listener is safe, secure and ready to fall asleep. These messages give rise to affirmations in people, having hypnotic effects. The more people hear these books or CD’s, the more effectively they are able to respond to them.

The effects are not usually instant for some people at first, because of the idea of trying a new thing. But the good news is that it changes the way people react to being woken up. They don’t feel anxious or tensed on being woken, and are instead able to fall back asleep without the use of sleeping aids.