Alex Saxton

How to Stop Insomnia Without Using Medication

Many people find it difficult to get a decent night’s sleep in the fast-paced world of today and millions of people worldwide suffer from dreaded insomnia, (a common sleep disorder which I see often in my hypnosis practice). Discover effective techniques on how to stop insomnia naturally. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and welcome peaceful, rejuvenating rest with our expert tips.

People frequently ask me – how can I improve my sleep without using medication? Therefore, in this article, we’ll examine the definition of insomnia, its symptoms, its potential causes, and lastly – my top natural methods for enhancing the quality of our sleep without using drugs. Let’s go!

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder marked by trouble falling or staying asleep, even when there is a window of opportunity to do so. It can take several forms, such as difficulty going asleep at night, waking up frequently during the night, or waking up excessively early. Or a combination of all three!

Insomnia symptoms:

Insomnia symptoms extend beyond the inability to fall asleep. People who suffer from insomnia frequently describe feeling exhausted when they wake up, having trouble focusing and concentrating, and feeling grumpy or irritable all day long. Additional typical symptoms include memory and decision-making issues, a rise in mishaps or mistakes, a lowered immune system, and issues with interpersonal connections or work performance.

Causes of Insomnia:

There are a variety of causes for insomnia, and these causes can differ from person to person. Several typical elements that lead to the emergence of sleeplessness consist of:

1. Stress and Anxiety: Excessive amounts of stress, anxiety, or emotional upheaval can interfere with the normal circadian rhythm, making it difficult to unwind and go off to sleep.

2. Bad Sleep Habits: The body’s natural sleep cycles can be disturbed by irregular sleep schedules, daytime naps, excessive alcohol, and indulging in stimulating activities right before bed.

3. Medical issues: Insomnia can result from a number of medical issues, including hormonal abnormalities, respiratory illnesses, and chronic pain.

4. Drugs and Substances: Stimulants like caffeine or nicotine, as well as the usage of certain medications for allergies, high blood pressure, or depression, can cause sleep disturbances.

Improving Sleep without Medication:

Although drugs can be a useful tool for treating insomnia, there are other effective methods for enhancing the quality of sleep that don’t involve medication. Here are some natural methods to try:

1. Steer clear of rigid night time routines: Toss off the list of 101 things to accomplish before bed as it will simply increase the burden on your sleep. Furthermore, if an activity is inadvertently skipped, the assumption that every step must be completed in order to fall asleep may exacerbate stress levels.

2. Establish a Sleep-Friendly Environment: A peaceful night’s sleep is greatly aided by your sleeping environment. Invest on a comfy mattress and pillows, and keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Make sure you’re not too hot in bed because this can prolong the time it takes you to fall asleep.

3. Use Relaxation Techniques: Prior to going to bed, you can assist soothe your mind and get your body ready for sleep by using relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, meditation, or listening to sleep hypnosis. If you need inspiration, check out my YouTube channel,  Alex Saxton Hypnotherapy , for hypnosis videos that can help you relax, calm your mind, and help lead to sleep.

4. Reduce Stimulants and Electronic Use: Create a digital curfew by minimising the amount of time spent on electronics before bed. Steer clear of caffeine and other stimulants close to bedtime. Screen blue light can interfere with the synthesis of melatonin, a hormone that is essential for controlling sleep. If you would rather read on a tablet, make sure it isn’t one that emits blue light, such as the Kindle White Pages tablet.

5. Avoid turning off the light in your bedroom too soon. Instead, wait until you are very tired and unable to stay awake. If you try to fall asleep earlier than this, you can end yourself lying in bed for a long time, which can be frustrating and give you more time to worry about what’s keeping you from falling asleep, which keeps you awake longer! I tend to read in bed to until I can’t keep my eyes open – then I know I can safely turn the lights out.

Final thoughts:

If you need further assistance on how to stop insomnia or how to calm your mind down at night – check out my “Surrender to Sleep” hypnosis service during which I can help you to feel calmer, reduce worries and improve sleep in a just a few weeks. To find out more – click this link Surrender to Sleep

I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years experience, and to date I have helped over 100 clients from Poole, Bournemouth,  Southampton, Bath, London, Bristol, the United States, and as far afield as New Zealand in overcoming anxiety. Regardless of where you reside, I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation directly