What to Do When Suffering from Insomnia

Millions of Americans have trouble falling asleep because of temporary insomnia. It's not a medical condition, but it can affect your mood, performance at work and your relationships. There are some solutions to help you fall asleep.

Researchers say most people experience short-term insomnia at some point in life. It's most common in women, people with depression and seniors, but any kind of stress can cause it.

Sleep specialists say the solution lies in understanding the trouble. Insomnia is not a sleep disorder, but simply a manifestation of some other problem. One possible problem could be breathing problem like sleep apnea or involuntary kicking in your sleep.

If it's something relatively simple like a busy mind there are a few things you can do on your own. Try to keep a regular sleep cycle by going to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine four to six hours before bed.

Don't eat large meals within two hours of bedtime, and try not to nap any later than three in the afternoon. Aromatherapists say simple smells can help relieve stress and help you fall asleep. They say bath salts and body lotions with lavender tell your body and your mind to relax.

Aromatherapists also say jasmine and lavender will help you sleep at night and in the morning the smells of basil and peppermint are great aromas.