58. Insomnia (Sleeplessness)
One or more causes can induce sleeplessness.
Excessive salt consumption for a prolonged period, too much of oxygen inhalation leading to hyperventilation, hunger (trying to sleep on an empty stomach), etc. are some among them. Sleep disorders caused by sorrows, anxiety, etc. are common knowledge to everybody.
Drinking a glass of warm milk, eating some food, taking a warm water shower, having sex, counting down from 100 with eyes closed, listening to soft music, focusing our thoughts over our stomach movements, etc. are often sug-gested to overcome insomnia. They work well in many.
The following constitute a few more that could be tried:
Consumption of excessive salt through food should be cut down to an optimum quantity.
This would reduce the thickness of the blood that tends to carry a rich supply of oxygen to the brain, thus increasing its alertness.
Drinking more water (about 2L) and urinating about 8 times daily would help in the removal of the excessive salt from the body.
I have personally suffered intense form of insomnia when I lived in a small condominium, wherein I was sitting sedentarily with my computer for about 18 hours daily, seven days a week, for four months. I was then writing most part of this book!
Later on, I traced this to be due to some form of anxiety neurosis. When I took a long holiday for two months, the problem disappeared on its own.
Many resort to sleeping pills often. I am not totally against the use of such pills. However, one should not take it for more than three to seven days at a stretch, lest, one gets addicted to it.
Long-term usage will certainly prove to be bad for the upkeep of good health. Then, addiction will get established.
See Hyperactive, Laziness, and Memory Failure.