Sleep maintenance insomnia is a common, irritating sleep pattern that affects millions of people. Its simple definition is this: when a person wakes up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.
It usually affects people as they age, when they hit around 40 and beyond.
Mary Berg, 53, is a typical case. She has no problem falling asleep. What's driving her nuts is that she can't stay asleep for a full seven or eight hours. After about four hours asleep, she abruptly wakes up.
When she does, she usually starts thinking about something worrisome-bills, kids, work...you name it. And then she can't get back to sleep for one, two, sometimes three hours.
Mary says, "It's tough. I have a lot on my plate every day. But I find with my poor sleep most nights, waking up and fighting to get back to sleep, I'm always tired the next day. I feel like the walking dead. It definitely affects how I function."
Sound familiar? If so, you probably also suffer from sleep maintenance insomnia, which is also called sleep-interruption insomnia by sleep doctors.
The sleep patterns of this type of insomnia include the following insomnia symptoms:
Stress and anxiety play a big role for this insomnia cause. People will often jolt awake, thinking about their problems. They stew over worries and can often experience anxiety attacks in the middle of the night.
Money issues can cause major stress. So if worrying about money is what causes insomnia for you, I have an excellent remedy for that. Click here to see my article on the Best Business to Start for Retirement Funds and Financial Freedom. Other common insomnia causes?
Perhaps nothing is more annoying than constantly waking up in the middle of the night because of snoring.
Why do people snore? If you’ve read my articles on snoring and sleep apnea, you know that the tongue is one of the reasons why.
It can block the throat, making breathing more difficult and snoring sounds more common.
A dentist and sleep researcher invented a funny looking plastic device that prevents the tongue from blocking the airway. This is one of the best anti snore devices on the market.
It’s called The Good Morning Snore Solution. Their website is very informative and demonstrates exactly how this snore remedy works. Click here to watch the video.
If joint pain is causing your sleep maintenance insomnia, here's a natural arthritis formula that may help you get relief from pain, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation. Surprisingly, customers report it also gives them better skin and a sense of wellbeing. (Link opens in a new window.)
Be sure to read the customer comments tab. Also note this product is not suitable for most vegetarians because it does contain ingredient extracts that come from shellfish.
Here are some quick insomnia tips.
If anxiety is the problem, one thing you can do is a brain dump. Take a piece of paper and pen and write down everything that's on your mind. Pour it out! This one works well for me when my mind gets cluttered and I start to get uptight about all the things I need to do. See if it helps you too.
Finish reading a novel or magazine.
Just remember, if you have sleep maintenance insomnia, when you do pop awake, think BORING. Your goal is to get sleepy. Instead of worrying, consider what you can do to bore yourself back to sleep.
Click here to see one of the best natural sleep remedies I've come across. (Link opens in a new window.)
Once you click that blue link and read about the sleep
supplement, click also on the tab that says Health Concerns. Look for
the insomnia link. You'll learn a lot at that website that can really
help you out, whether it's depression, anxiety, or pain that's causing
your sleep maintenance insomnia.
Also, in my newsletter, Sleep Chat, I've written a detailed article about a technique called Stimulus Control Instructions.
I highly recommend you read the article because it will help you with your sleep maintenance Insomnia. Click here for How To Stay Asleep Without Drugs.
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