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Insomnia: Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions for Sleepless Nights

Written By  Go Vita
Insomnia Solutions for Sleepless Nights

Ever find yourself tossing and turning in bed, counting sheep, and still unable to catch those elusive Z's? You're not alone! Insomnia, the pesky sleep disorder that loves to disrupt our slumber, affects roughly 1 in 10 Aussies at any given time. And guess what? It's often more of a nuisance for women and the elderly.

Symptoms That Hit the Snooze Button

  • Difficulty Falling Asleep: Ever stared at the ceiling, waiting for sleep to take you away? Yep, that's a classic insomnia symptom.

  • Night-Time Wake-Ups: Waking up in the middle of the night and struggling to drift back into dreamland? Insomnia's got your number.

  • Early Morning Riser: Rise and shine! Except, it's way too early. Insomnia loves to spoil that sweet sleep-in.

  • Not Feeling Refreshed: You hit the hay, but you wake up feeling like you never slept.

  • The Long-Term Struggle: Dealing with these sleep woes for three months or more? That's chronic insomnia.


Root Causes of the Sleep Saga

  • Poor Sleep Habits: Say hello to your sleep hygiene, or lack thereof.

  • Stick to a routine. Hit the hay and rise at consistent times every day, even on weekends.

  • Create a serene sleep environment. Ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, with a comfortable temperature.

  • Ditch the screens. Keep electronic gadgets like TVs, computers, and smartphones out of the bedroom.

  • Watch what you eat and drink. Say no to heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol close to bedtime. Caffeine, Nicotine, and Booze: Sometimes, those late-night lattes and nightcaps can backfire.

  • Stay active. Regular physical activity during the day can make it easier to fall asleep at night.

  • Stress, Anxiety, and the Blues: Your mental state can have a real party pooper on your sleep quality.

  • Wonky Sleep Patterns: Shift work? Jet lag? These guys mess with your sleep schedule big time.

  • Health Hiccups: From arthritis to sleep apnoea, various medical issues can turn your sleep into a nightmare.


Snooze-Inducing Tips and Tricks

  • Rise and Shine: Set that alarm and stick to it, even on weekends. Your body clock will thank you.

  • Soak Up the Sun: Get some morning sunlight—it's nature's way of saying, "Wakey, wakey!"

  • Get Your Sweat On: Exercise in the morning or early evening for a sleep-friendly boost.

  • Listen to Your Body: When you're tired, hit the hay. When you're not, stay out of bed to avoid reinforcing bad sleep habits.

  • Cool, Dark, and Quiet: Keep your room at a comfy temp, invest in an eye mask and earplugs, and banish that noisy alarm clock to the wall.

  • Herbs such as zizyphus, Lavender, ashwagandha, chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and hops can work wonders.

Information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, or are taking prescription medications, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.


About Margaret Leedham

Margaret Leedham brings a wealth of experience as a naturopath, educator, product developer

and writer to her role as the Brand Manager for NutriVital.

With over 24 years of experience, Margaret has also helped thousands of clients reach their health

and wellness goals through an evidence-based approach.

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