Monday 16 February 2015

Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Tips for Coping With Insomnia

Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? If so, you are not alone.  According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, 70 million Americans report difficulties with sleeping – one out of five suffers from chronic insomnia.

Q: What is the typical pattern associated with insomnia?

Marla Ahlgrimm:  The typical pattern with insomnia is that we worry about something or someone and then toss and turn restlessly without being able to calm down long enough to fall asleep. Our mind just keeps spinning, which is hardly restful.

Q: When that happens, I feel horrible the next day.

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, many people report feeling lethargic and irritable. Everything we do seems harder and more difficult.

Q: Can this pattern get worse over time?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, yes. Studies show that if you deprive a normal person of just two hours of sleep a night for five nights, they’ll begin to show symptoms of depression. Up to 90% of depressed patients have insomnia.

Q: What is the most effective thing to do about my insomnia?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s crucial to have a regular schedule and become a disciplined sleeper and keep a regular wake schedule. Avoid caffeine after noon and napping after 3 pm.

Q:  What are some natural approaches to treating my insomnia?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A warm bath before bedtime is known to bring relaxation, as is a cup of warm milk.

Q: What if I am simply unable to fall asleep?

Marla Ahlgrimm: If you can’t fall asleep, get out of bed. Got to another room and do something relaxing and return to bed when sleep is eminent.  Reserve your bed for sleeping only.

Q: What if sleep still doesn’t come after following these tips?

Marla Ahlgrimm: If these steps don’t help then it’s time to check with your doctor. There is no shame in taking a medically prescribed sleeping pill for a short period of time to get you through tough times.

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