The search for a cure
have difficulty sleeping at night?
have trouble staying asleep?
wake up too early in the morning?
wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed?
From the following sites below, I have attempted to answer some of the more common questions to the causes of insomnia and also look at some of the ways to cure or prevent it.
The featured article on insomnia is an extract taken from Sleep: The Common Sense Approach by Brenda O'Hanlon, so I can expect her to be more or less an expert on the subject having done a wide range of research for her book. I've learnt that good sleep is not judged by the number of hours, but by "whatever makes you feel good, productive or creative next day." The author talks about the two types of insomnia and also how "Simple changes in daily routine may be surprisingly effective in improving sleep quality." I found the sleep hygiene recommendations she made interesting, as she attempts to prevent insomnia by natural means rather than through drugs and medication.
The author has admitted that "I know very little about sleep disorders. I've simply collected some folk remedies and methods" and "I can't answer any questions about sleep disorders, give any advice, or provide any medical, scientific, statistical or anecdotal evidence and studies." He is clearly not an expert on the subject but some of his suggestions match those from professional sources. This site caught my attention because of the alternative methods. These focus on breathing exercises, relaxing the body and mind, which are very similar to techniques in yoga. Feeling relaxed can help people sleep, so these exercises for relaxation are definitely worth a try.
I found this
site interesting because of the different ways information and advice is
presented. The author, Sarah Richards, is a counselor/writer for the Sleep
Insomnia Program, so can be regarded as a qualified expert on the subject.
She tackles the problem of insomnia by helping us learn more about it and
provides "basic information to help you find the right kinds of help."
helps us to identify the type of insomnia before suggesting a possible
solution. The news articles provide informative reading, and there are
links to other sites should you fail to find what you're looking for here.
The sites I have reviewed so far gave suggestions about preventing insomnia by way of natural and alternative methods. From this site we learn about a prescription sleep aid which helps people to sleep."SONATA® is for people who simply have trouble falling asleep... not for premature awakenings." We can assume that the company who created Sonata to be experts in the field. They'd have run many tests and experiments on their product before marketing it. Those wishing to learn more about the sleep aid can read about it in the section "About SONATA" which also includes FAQs, and a free trial offer.
A big site with lots of useful information for victims of sleep disorders. I found the most useful feature of this site the self analysis test. A list of symptoms are presented and you are asked to select the ones which apply. After selection, a list of possible sleep disorders are given and selecting one of these will give a description, causes, cures, and FAQs about the problem. The author is a qualified medical director for a sleep disorders centre in Columbus so we can expect him to be a specialist on the subject. Another useful feature is the inclusion of a sleep forum where patients can share their experiences with others.