5 ways of dealing with Insomnia

 A few days ago I was having a chit-chat with my friend in Java, as we sipped some Tea. As a man hailing from Western Kenya, coffee has never been my dose.

As we chatted, she explained that she has been having sleeping troubles for the past 3 months and couldn’t get over it, even after trying out famous Youtube sleep routines. I wasn’t surprised, because insomnia has been on the rise during this covid season as a result of changing sleeping patterns. But what she asked next is what threw me by surprise. She asked, “In reference to the verse in Isaiah that says there is no sleep for the wicked, am I a wicked person?” I took a while to digest the question but I responded with laughter and told her not to mistake insomnia with God’s judgment.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. The condition can be short-term (acute) or long time (chronic) according to Wikipedia. It may also come and go from time to time. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks and chronic insomnia happens at least 3 nights a week for 3 months or more. Insomnia may seem complicated but is very treatable.

This article explains 5 ultimate ways of dealing with insomnia as approved by qualified psychologists.    

  1. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it
    The pandemic has created a change/ shift in our sleeping schedules. As a result, we have found ourselves staying up way longer making our bodies find it difficult to sleep in our previous normal schedules. One way to beat insomnia is to set a sleeping schedule. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day—even on weekends. This helps your body get into a routine, making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

2. Avoid Caffeine six hours to your bedtime

Caffeine has a half-life of six hours, meaning that it is active in your system for six hours after a drink. Drinking an energy drink, coffee, or tea six hours before your bedtime may affect your sleeping pattern according to Dr. Epelboim of penmedic.com. Instead of caffeine try water or a fruit drink instead, it’s not only a sweeter option but a healthier one.

3. Exercise earlier in the day
When we are active during the day, stress hormones that keep us awake during the night are reduced. This promotes better sleep at night.
Make sure to exercise regularly 3 hours before your bedtime. This allows; your body temperature to cool down, your heart rate to get back to normal and your body to relax as well.

4. Reserve your bedroom for sleep, avoid screens
We have made our rooms a place for catching up with series, movies, and online chatting. All these activities are good for our entertainment but bad for our sleep and rest. This means that your brain is then less primed for sleep and relaxation.

5. Pray and seek God about it
Some people experience insomnia as a result of consistent nightmares. This could be a spiritual issue and as we know it, spiritual issues require spiritual solutions. Take time and pray. As a Christian nothing is impossible with God, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” – Phil 4:13 ”…I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” – John 16:33

Remember that you are fighting from a point of victory and you are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you.  
I hope that these tips help you beat insomnia and help you experience more relaxed sleep. 

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