Sleepless in Kuwait

Insomnia. A condition that plagues many a million around the world.

If you are reading this post at the time it was published, you are an insomniac.

Worry not, for you are not alone.

Insomnia – An inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness.

Some say, why sleep? When I am on vacation, I can function on minimum hours of sleep, provided I am given maximum jolts of Java.

Let us start by looking at the benefits of sleep (Thank you Health.com):

1) Improve Memory

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).

2) Live longer

Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan—although it’s not clear if it’s a cause or effect. (Illnesses may affect sleep patterns too.)

3) Spur creativity

In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.

4) Perform Better

A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.

5) Sharpen attention

A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids, Dr. Rapoport says.

6) Be Healthy

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)

Dieters in the study also felt more hungry when they got less sleep.

7) Lower stress

“Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure,” Dr. Jean says. “It’s also believed that sleep effects cholesterol levels, which plays a significant role in heart disease.”

8 ) Avoid accidents

“Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous,” Dr. Rapoport says. “Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making.”
Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.

9) Steer clear of depression

Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability.

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).

Sleepless nights, how to avoid them? How to get better sleep?

From my experience with the endless hours of tossing and turning, there are a few trick that you can do to sleep:

1) Avoid caffeine and sugary foods 5 hours before sleep (Thank you Oprah).

2) Take a cold shower, or bath. When you sleep, your body temperature decreases, anything to speed the process along helps.

3) Set the ambience for sleep. Turn down the AC, make the room colder.

4) Some say that aromatherapy helps send us into sleep. Lavender is cited as helping sleep. Either candles or aerosol, your choice.

5) Drink water, not too much that you feel as though you are sleeping on the ocean when you turn onto your stomach.

6) Blink rapidly, this helps tire the eyes (I think, I’ve tried it myself).

7) Take slow, deep breaths when preparing to sleep.

8 ) Listen to tranquil music, at a low volume, just enough so you know its there, but not loud enough for you to make it out.

 

9) Personally, and I am giving this as a step that so far, only I seem to follow, I like to scare myself to go to sleep. I always think of frightening things, vampires, monsters, ghouls, Resident Evil, you name it. That “comfort” factor when you are beneath your blanket and shivering, that puts me straight to sleep. Although, I repeat, it is not for the faint of heart.

There are many more ways to fall asleep, the above ones are from my own experience, you can read more here.

August 2011 ( View complete archive page )

September 2011 ( View complete archive page )

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
error: Sorry, Ctrl+C/V disabled; if you wish to use this content please contact us :)
%d bloggers like this: