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5 Strategies To Nuke Your Insomnia Forever

5 Strategies To Nuke Your Insomnia Forever

It happens every night. You open your eyes in the middle of the night, frustrated that what feels like hours of lying fruitlessly in bed has yet to lull you to sleep. Your eyes feel heavy and your body aches, but you can’t drift off like everyone else does. Chronic insomnia can have major, negative consequences on your life. If you’re struggling to figure out how to knock yourself out, or you feel like you’ve been counting sheep for hours, you may feel like you’re doomed to another sleepless night.

Doctors and scientists have developed a number of drugs and therapy methods meant to help aid sleep in insomniacs. Here are five strategies to tackle your nightly insomnia struggle.

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1. Relaxation training

Relaxation training, also known as mindful thinking and generally recognized as meditation, is a stress-relieving technique meant to help prepare your body to relax. The exercise involves carefully exploring and sensing your entire body, often with the aid of a gentle guiding recording.

The exercise is typically done laying down on a bed, and asks participants to slowly follow steps such as breathing through your nose, feeling the aches of your body and keeping your eyes shut. It’s ideal for insomnia and is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. The soothing, gentle voice of a narrator can often provide some gentle white noise stimulation as well as relaxing instructions that can help someone struggling with insomnia slowly drift off to sleep.

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2. Cognitive behavioral therapy-insomnia

Another popular behavioral treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy-insomnia (CBT-I therapy), designed to help an insomniac. The National Sleep Foundation describes it as safe and effective. CBT-I will often require documenting your experiences in a sleep journal and discussing them regularly with a therapist. The goal is to help patients learn methods for good sleep hygiene behaviors such as putting screens away at least an hour before bed, recommending a cool dark room, and asking participants to avoid consuming alcohol or tobacco near bedtime.

3. Sleep medication

The market for sleep medication is saturated with less effective medications as well as medications used off-label, such as Bendaryl, which comes with associated health risks. As a result, many insomniacs find themselves with a large collection of ineffective bottles of pills or liquids they’ve bought in an attempt to go to sleep. The best medication for insomnia, however, is going to need a prescription and a doctor’s visit, as well as close monitoring for signs of abuse. Prescription sleeping pills or benzos, an anti-anxiety class of sedatives, can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but they typically come with side effects and are only approved for short-term use.

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4. ASMR and white noise

In recent years, ASMR—autonomous sensory meridian response— videos have popped up everywhere on the Internet. Relatively calm videos featuring people gently talking, completing tasks or creating a rhythm or pattern with items around them, ASMR videos use white noise and gentle sounds to promote relaxation in listeners. Although little research has been done in the field, anecdotal evidence suggests that it can be an effective relaxation technique to treat insomniacs, according to the University of Florida College of Medicine.[1] Videos are posted on YouTube by ASMR bloggers, like Youtube user, GentleWhispering.

5. Melatonin

One of the most natural supplements available for sleep aid is melatonin. Naturally produced in your body, melatonin is a sleep-encouraging hormone that is available over the counter in pill form. Insomniacs looking to treat their sleep problems naturally but tired of behavioral attempts can turn to this gentle medication to induce a gentle sleepiness. According to the National Sleep Foundation, research suggests it’s most effective when taken regularly to follow a schedule, rather than to induce immediate sleep.

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Insomnia can be a major hassle and interfere with many aspects of your life. Rather than lying awake night after night, try one of these sleep aids, and see if they can help knock you out for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Featured photo credit: Ciocci via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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