The Best Natural Cures Insomnia Cannot Defeat

By Viljoen | Insomnia 101

Nov 07

As an ex insomniac I know the frustration when trying different methods to get over the insomnia. It can really lead a person to madness. There are so much speculation on different  so called “natural” cures that it makes a person very frustrated in choosing the right one. In this post I am going to discuss the best natural cures insomnia cannot defeat in a more understandable way to make it easier to go in the right direction.

The most important fact about insomnia

When people tell me that insomnia is a disease or an illness it really makes me a bit disappointed. This tells me that people don’t really know what insomnia is. So let me get it out straight and relieve you from all this nonsense that you had to eat up

Insomnia is not a disease, it is a symptom.

Over the past week I experienced a type of comeback from my arch nemeses. I started to sleep less and experience the symptoms of insomnia all Stressover again. I started to panic because I could not understand why this is happening to me again.

After some realization and a bit of thinking I spotted the cause for it. During my previous week at work I had a very tough week, because we had a ISO 22000 audit. If you have ever had an ISO audit you will know what I am talking about. It is when a auditor comes to inspect your company if it is following the standard for food safety.

Everyone at work was very stressed and short of temper. If you just looked at someone, they would bite your head off. My mind was overtaken by my work and I found it very hard to relax. That song of Madonna ” I can’t get you out of my head” started to switch to replay every day. Even when I woke up at night I would curse and swear to some of the people at my work. I soon realized that insomnia is not an entity on itself as it needs to feed off something else.

If you are currently struggling with insomnia, it can be due to restlessness or an emotional disruption in your mind. That is why people with depression, anxiety or other physical illnesses are prone to insomnia.

The anger and stress was the root cause for the insomnia. After 2 days a of self treatment which I will discuss further on this page, I felt a huge relief and my life returned back to normal.

What are the best treatments for insomnia?

Before you start looking for treatment, you need to evaluate yourself. For this will determine which kind of treatment you should follow. I will now give different scenarios on what to look for and then what you should do next:

Scenario 1

If you are struggling with asthma, back pain, migraines or any kind of physical problem which indirectly keeps you awake at night you might want to treat these physical roots. The treatment of these roots can therefore eliminate the pain which causes you to have sleepless nights. The best way to go is to visit your doctor and get some medicine that can help for the pain.

Scenario 2

At night you are struggling to sleep because there are noises that are keeping you awake at night. These noises may include a barking dog, loud neighbors, a very busy neighborhood, a snoring partner or anything that keeps you awake because of noise. You can either move to another place or sleep in another room.

barking dog

If it is really that bad you can talk to your neighbors or call the police. I have experienced that it does not matter where you move, there will always be someone ore something that will keep you awake at night. So to run away from your problem will not work.

So what do you do now? You can either wear earplugs, but for me it can be very uncomfortable to do. I personally do not like earplugs in my ear and that is why I am recommending another solution.

This solution can help allot in damping out some noise and it is called a white noise machine. The white noise simply eliminates most of the disturbing noise and can really help you to fall asleep much easier.

==>For more information on white noise machines you can click on this link<==

Scenario 3

This scenario is probably the biggest cause for insomnia and one of the most least understood phenomena. If you are having problems to sleep because of the FEAR for sleep, you might want to read this. Have you ever experienced the feeling of fear when you are getting into bed and your heartbeat starts to rise?

Fear

You lie in bed and you are in panic because you are afraid that if you do not fall asleep, you are going to suffer the next day at work. Now this is a problem. The more you fear for the lack of sleep, the less you will actually sleep. This fear the element that keeps you awake. Your body activates a fight or flight response to cope with this panic. This can result in sweaty palms, a rising heartbeat and a very strange feeling in your stomach.

This is a psychological battle that will not go away on its own. There is no sleeping pill, natural remedy or potion in this world that will cure you for this. Only you can cure this. With the right guidance, you can overcome this. This was the root for my problem and I know what you must do to finally overcome this. What I did was called cognitive behavioral therapy or in short CBT.

If you want to know more about CBT and how it can help you, you can visit my cognitive behavioral therapy page.

If you already know what CBT is and you don’t want to waste any more time you read the following review.

==>How to cure insomnia in six steps. An excellent solution<==

Conclusion

These 3 scenarios are the most common problems that will cause insomnia and I given you the best way to handle each one. There are other scenarios like sleep apnea, OCD or metabolic disorders that can cause insomnia, but is less common that the scenarios that I pointed out today. If you for any reason want to know more about insomnia and how to overcome it, you can simply leave me a comment below and I will come back to you.

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(14) comments

Shannon December 8, 2014

Wow, I used to fit in your type 3 scenario. I would not sleep well for 8 nights or so, then I was so tired by the 9th night I would fall asleep because I was just way to tired. I started by using medications that make me drowsy, then
I finally used a “sleep well” hypnosis track I found, it worked better than I ever imagined. My next step was to go in for CBT, if it should ever come back so badly I will be doing that.
Thank-you for the informative article.

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    Viljoen December 9, 2014

    Hi Shannon.

    I am happy you found a solution to your insomnia. Sometimes my insomnia will come back, especially when my sleeping pattern is off, but luckily I know how use CBT on myself. CBT is the best in my opinion. You can even use CBT for depression or self confidence.

    I am glad you liked my article 🙂

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Howie November 10, 2014

You are certainly speaking my language when it comes to sleep problems. It is something that I have battled for the majority of my life and was directly related to my ADHD disorder. You have some excellent points and information here about the symptoms. Actually, you have great info throughout the site. I have bookmarked it and will certainly be back to read more. Insomnia is far more common than people think and something I believe many need help in conquering. I look forward to reading more about the topic. Thanks and all the best!

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    Viljoen November 12, 2014

    Thanks Howie

    I try to make it as simple as possible for everyone. Insomnia can be treated and nobody should live with it forever. 🙂

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Ty Jord November 8, 2014

Great write up on insomnia, I have my own issue with sleep at night, though I don’t think it might be insomnia, falling asleep is not really a big issue for me, problem is I can’t seem to sleep for more than four to five hours, If for example I got to sleep around nine at night and wake up about two in the morning, then I can’t get back to sleep.

Problem with this then is by afternoon I can get really sleepy and my energy level plummets, from there it’s a struggle to get through the rest of the work day.

Best wishes to you.

Ty

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    Viljoen November 8, 2014

    Hi Ty

    Maybe your internal clock is a bit out of sync. Does it happen all the time?

    Hope your sleep improves.

    Best wishes

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Rhonda November 7, 2014

Your website and all the information that it holds about insomnia will help so many people. I know many people, including myself that will benefit from this website.

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    Viljoen November 7, 2014

    Thanks Rhonda

    Thanks for communicating. Hope you can find what you are looking for

    Kind regards

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Jason November 7, 2014

Great article, I have actually suffered with insomnia and its great to know that you have a great site that will help if the problem ever arises again.

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    Viljoen November 7, 2014

    Thanks Jason

    I try my best

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Hilda November 7, 2014

Thanks for mentioning that fear is one of the major causes of insomnia. Some people just feel afraid of falling asleep. During the period in which i had the most severe nocturnal panic attacks, I dreaded bedtime and falling asleep so much that my body created reactions to wake me up when I was beginning to doze. Thank God I overcame that situation. Grreat article!
Hilda

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    Viljoen November 7, 2014

    Pleasure Hilda.

    When you have scenario 3 type insomnia fear can really have a huge effect on your sleep. This is where cognitive behavioral therapy comes in handy.

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Rich Far November 7, 2014

Hi Viljoen,

Sometimes – like last night – I can be super tired (I struggled to stay awake through the late afternoon), then when I got to bed at 1:30 a.m after working on my computer, I lay awake for ages and got around 2.5 hours sleep before getting up this morning.

Other times I go to sleep okay, only to wake around 1:00 a.m and, try as I may, can not get back to sleep.

These times are very frustrating. However, it isn’t all the time – only occasionally for a few days or so.

Can you offer suggestions for this type of situation?

Thank you and Blessings Be,

– Rich

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    Viljoen November 7, 2014

    Hi Rich.

    The first problem that I noticed is that you must not spend too much time in front of your computer before bed time. The light exposure from your screen is sending a signal to your brain to stay awake.

    When you are awake at 1am you should not lie for more than 30 minutes in your bed. Get out and do something relaxing like reading. When you feel sleepy you can get back to bed.

    Hope you sleep well soon

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