Counting Sheep…most of us have been there, wide awake at around 2am thinking, tossing and turning in bed and having difficulty falling asleep. This is known as Insomnia.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder which is characterised by difficulty falling asleep and/ or staying asleep and can vary in the amount of time it lasts. If you have sleep problems for a short term or temporarily (even one night) it is known as Acute Insomnia, while long term sleep problems are known as Chronic Insomnia.
There are also two types of Insomnia, namely Primary Insomnia and Secondary Insomnia. Primary Insomnia is associated with sleep problems which are not directly related to a health condition or problem, while Secondary Insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems because of something else such as a health condition, pain, medication or a substance they are taking.
Insomnia can be caused by a number of things including:
• Emotional or physical discomfort
• Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures that interfere with sleep
• Some medications
• Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)
• Depression and/or anxiety
• Pain or discomfort at night
Chronic Insomnia requires a healthcare practitioner to treat any underlying issues or health problems that are causing the Insomnia. Acute Insomnia however can be prevented through a number of ways:
• Try to go to sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Try not to take naps during the day.
• Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day.
• Get regular exercise but try not to exercise close to bedtime.
• Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day.
• Make your bedroom comfortable. Be sure that it is dark, quiet, and not too warm or too cold.
• Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep. Read a book, listen to music, or take a bath.
• If you can’t fall asleep and don’t feel drowsy, get up and read or do something that is not overly stimulating until you feel sleepy.
Mangwanani African Spa is also able to help you ‘beat the sheep’ of Insomnia.
Mangwanani’s massage treatments are natural solutions for Insomnia. Massage reduces fatigue and improves sleep in the following ways:
• Relaxes the mind and body which reduces stress levels
• Reduces anxiety and depression through relieving mental stress.
• Relieves physical muscles pains that may be preventing sleep
• Helps to increase neurotransmitters and serotonin- depletion of which results in anxiety, depression and irritability and leads to disturbance of sleep.
Added to that, Mangwanani’s Indigo Sleep Therapy Collection of natural products promotes total relaxation, calming and soothing of the body, mind and soul, creating an overall balanced state of being.
One of the main ingredients of the product range is Lavender Oil which eliminates nervous tension, relieves pain and enhance blood circulation and is known for its calming properties.
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