The cause of insomnia varies by individual. If stress if the culprit for your insomnia, take heart. While stress induced insomnia does not generally go away overnight, there are things you can do to get a handle on it.
1. Face the stress
You’ve already discovered that stress is leading to your sleepless nights. Whatever the cause of the stress, you can no longer ignore it. You must face it head on, deal with it, and work toward a solution to resolve the stress and/or make it more manageable.
This may mean getting therapy, changing careers, seeking out the help of someone who can help you with your finances or relationships, talking about a difficult topic with a loved one, or doing other things that directly relate to your source of stress. But in all, only by facing the stress can you overcome it.
2. Make small changes
While you are doing things to face your stress head on, there are also small things you can do to help alleviate your stress so sleep is easier to achieve.
This includes eating the right food, exercising regularly, and sticking to a sleep schedule. Other things include winding down the mind and body with meditation, music, reading, taking a warm bath before bed, and doing other practices that are known to soothe and relax prior to bedtime.
3. Bedroom activitiesNo one would be able to sleep well in their work cubicle or in a booth at a restaurant. However, many people have turned their bedrooms into mini-offices and places to dine.** Eating in your bedroom, as well as doing stressful activities such as paying your bills and working on your budget, isn’t conducive to sleep, and shouldn't be done.You should also avoid having heavy and tense discussions in your bedroom.** Save all of these activities for other areas in the home. If you do not, your mind begins to associate your bedroom with things other than sleep. This can induce your worry and stress and make sleep even harder to come by.
Your bedroom should be a place where only good things happen – rest and intimacy.
4. Natural remedies for insomnia
Before you reach for that bottle of over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids, opt for natural remedies. Natural alternatives include melatonin, valerian root, and chamomile.
Aromatherapy and essential oils are also known to help relieve stress induced insomnia. Opting for a natural remedy to help alleviate your stress and bring about sleep is healthier than getting the body accustomed to sleeping via medication.
5. Make a ‘Done List’
One activity that helps some insomniacs who deal with stress is making a “Have Done” list.
Instead of ending your day by making a mental or physical “To Do” list, make a list of all of the things you have already done and dealt with. This can go far in alleviating stress and worry. Being able to view life in what you have already accomplished versus what you still have left to do can help ease tension and stress. This can go far in making sleep easier to achieve.
If you have taken all the steps you can take to alleviate your stress induced insomnia on your own with no relief, seek out the help of your primary care doctor or a sleep specialist. There may be health or sleep issues going on with you that can only be addressed and dealt with in a medical setting.
Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free insomnia sleep training course. His course will help you address your lack of sleep. Over 3,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 96 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend.