Recent studies have shown that the best way to get to sleep does not come over the counter. Or on a prescription pad, for that matter. The study, found here, was published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, and focused on a natural method of curing insomnia – one that only consists of training your mind to sleep. Millions of Americans have trouble sleeping, and a large number of them turn to medication to help them get to sleep. But those drugs are usually highly addicting and can leave you feeling even worse in the morning and unable to get out of bed.
The method the study supports as a replacement for a medicinal sleeping aid is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and it focuses on using healthy sleeping habits and practices to get you to sleep. In the cases studied in the report, CBT actually got the average patient to sleep 20 minutes sooner and improved the quality of sleep drastically over sleeping pills.
As an added benefit, CBT has no negative side effects. Medication will leave the average sleeper feeling groggy or “hungover” the next morning and makes it very difficult to wake up fully. These medicines, especially benzodiazepines, will not completely leave your body until hours after you wake up, which leaves you feeling bad all day. They have also been linked to all sorts of medical and psychological issues like seizures, anxiety, nausea, sleepwalking, anxiety, and muscle spasms.
So how do you cure your insomnia without the medicine? Stay tuned to this blog for more tips on how to get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and get a healthier sleep. If you’re interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you can find a licensed professional practitioner in your area by visiting a group like the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (here) or the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists (here).