Almost everyone suffers from insomnia at some point in their lives. Most people either suffer from it or turn to medication to resolve it. While I am a strong believer that medication can and may be necessary to help people sleep, I think many people are developing a long term dependency on these medications.
The NY Times recently printed an article on research on behavioral interventions for insomnia. They come down to:
1. Don’t go to bed until you are sleep
2. Don’t stay in bed if you are not sleeping
3. Get up the same time every day.
I would also add watch that caffeine intake. It astounds me how many people I work with that have sleep issues that also consume massive amounts of caffeine every day.
Of course with any behavioral method results will be slower than if you take a pill, but this method comes down to not spending any time in bed that you are not sleeping. I find many people criticize such efforts without trying them first.
What is your insomnia story? Let me know in comments below.