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Tips to Cure Insomnia

There’s more to insomnia than merely having trouble falling asleep. Some people fall asleep just fine but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. Others sleep through the night but wake too early in the morning. And still others appear to sleep through the night with no problem, but never wake rested.

While it’s normal to experience an occasional bad night of sleep, if your sleep problems become chronic, it’s time to do something about them. Lack of sleep interferes with immune function and increases your risk of insulin resistance. Then there are the dangers of trying to get through the day (especially if you have to drive) when you’re overtired.

Not being able to sleep can be extremely frustrating. Getting rid of chronic insomnia will probably involve making some long-term changes to your habits. These seven sleep-promoting strategies are a great place to start.

1. Take a walk.

If you’re suffering from insomnia, regular exercise is critical to your ability to get a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t need to be an intense workout-a brisk 20-minute walk outside in the afternoon is just fine. We want you to walk outside if possible because natural light helps regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Just don’t exercise within three or four hours of bedtime because it could increase your metabolism and mental alertness.

2. Take a warm bath.

About two hours before bed, take a warm bath into which you’ve mixed 15 drops lavender essential oil. We recommend adding lavender oil to the bath because lavender promotes relaxation and possibly sleep. The bath will relax tense muscles. And if you take one regularly, it will help form a nighttime ritual that signals to your brain that it’s time to sleep. Stick to your ritual like glue every night and it will work like a charm.

3. Keep your bedroom cool.

After you get out of the bath, your body temperature will slowly start to drop-a precursor to sleep. A cool bedroom also helps induce sleep, which is why we suggest adjusting the temperature, turning down the thermostat or turning on the air conditioner as required.

4. Do an activity you find relaxing.

Before you climb into bed, spend 20 minutes on some form of relaxation therapy, such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, or writing in your journal.