Everybody goes through periods when they aren’t getting a restful sleep. After just a few days of this lack of sleep, you feel sluggish, out of sorts and cranky. But, usually you get back to a normal sleep schedule and then you’re right back on track.
Then there are times when this lack of sleep becomes chronic and it is difficult to get back on track without some help. This is when you may have insomnia. Of course, insomnia is not always the problem as it may be other factors causing your lack of sleep.
How do you know when you have insomnia? Well, there are a few factors. Sometimes you can cure it yourself by doing things like taking CBD for sleep, but other times you may need a professional to come up with a treatment for you.
In this article, I will go over the signs of insomnia and how you may want to proceed.
Signs of insomnia
The first sign that you may have insomnia is that you lie in bed for more than 30 minutes before you fall asleep. If this is a new thing then it may go away on its own. Usually it is caused by some stress in your life. Eliminate the stressful situation in your life and you may be able to get back to a regular sleep schedule in which you fall asleep as soon as you get into bed.
Your mattress may have something to do with your inability to fall asleep too. Look into replacing your mattress especially if you wake up with back pain.
The next sign is that you often wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep for more than 30 minutes. This has less to do with your stressful situation that may be the reason for the inability to fall asleep when you go to bed.
Lastly, if you are waking up much earlier than you expect or need to then this could also be a sign. Of course, if you have only one of these factors, it may be nothing. But, if you see all three and it has been going on for some time, then it is a good bet that you actually have insomnia.
What to do next
You should be taking measures to set up a routine to improve your sleep hygiene. There may be outside factors that are contributing to your insomnia that can be dealt with and then get back to a regular sleep schedule.
For instance, you could try the CBD oil that I mentioned in the introduction. Or, you can try doing yoga or meditation to release the stress that may be building in your life that is causing your insomnia. Set up a good sleep schedule and stick to it. Also, try using aromatherapy before bed to stimulate your brain to produce hormones like melatonin to help you fall asleep.
If these things don’t work, then talk to your doctor. More than likely, they will recommend you see a sleep specialist and do some tests to see what is causing your insomnia. You may have a clinical condition like sleep apnea that will be revealed when you are tested.