If you’re one of the millions of people who struggle with insomnia, you know how frustrating it can be to try to fall asleep, only to lie in bed for hours feeling exhausted but wide awake. Insomnia can interfere with your productivity, relationships, and overall well-being, but there are ways to help manage it.
First, it’s important to understand what insomnia is. Insomnia is not just an occasional night of poor sleep, but rather a pattern of difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or a combination of both, that lasts for at least three months. Common symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early, and feeling tired upon waking.
If you’re struggling with insomnia, the first step is to talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing your sleep difficulties. Additionally, there are lifestyle changes you can make that can help manage insomnia.
One of the most important things you can do is to create a healthy sleep environment. This means avoiding screens before bed, keeping your bedroom quiet and dark, and establishing a regular sleep schedule. It’s also important to avoid stimulants like caffeine close to bedtime. Additionally, regular exercise, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques can be helpful.
Finally, if lifestyle modifications don’t help, visit AAIM to help manage insomnia! Acupuncture helps influence neurotransmitters that include Norepinephrine, Melatonin, and Gamma - Aminobutyric Acid which are all essential to help prepare and stay asleep.
Insomnia can be a difficult thing to manage, but with the right combination of lifestyle modifications, relaxation techniques, and AAIM, you can take control of your sleep and get the restful nights you need to feel your best!