Insomnia. We all know what it feels like to be tired. But what is you were utterly exhausted but still couldn’t get to sleep? If you suffer from insomnia I’m sure you have read and tried the most common suggestions:
- Don’t drink caffeine before bed.
- Get regular exercise.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark and comfortable.
- Follow a routine at night such as bathing and reading prior to bed.
If these basic recommendations don’t help you have probably moved on to the next stage of solutions which may involve drinking chamomile tea or taking Melatonin. When lack of sleep becomes chronic and starts to interfere with your day to day life and work it may be time to seek a medical opinion but before you resort to medication, let’s take a look at an often overlooked natural sleep aid – heat therapy.
Often when we have trouble sleeping it is triggered by stress in our lives. Our bodies natural reaction to stress is to contract our muscles. We become tighter which in turn makes it more difficult for our bodies to relax. Applying heat to key areas of your body such as the lower back and neck can cause these muscles to release tension. As the tension is released your body will become more prepared for sleep. Using heat therapy can become a part of a nighttime routine that might include tea and reading. This routine along with the heat will signal to your brain to allow your body to wind down and relax for the night.
A great option for applying het therapy are Thermal-Aid sectionals. They can be reused night after night and re-heated easily in the microwave. There are no cords or electricity to worry about which will allow you to fall asleep with the sectional in place. You can also easily take your Thermal-Aid with you when you travel making it easier to fall asleep in hotel rooms. Once you own a Thermal-Aid sectional you will find yourself using it many ways – for aches and pains, insomnia, as well as injuries. Thermal-Aid products are unique in that they can provide both heat and cold therapy.
Treating insomnia is a very personal process. What works for one person may not work for the next. However, it is worth taking the time to try different natural methods that avoid the need for medication. Talk with your Doctor about using heat therapy for insomnia and if you have a story to share, please contact us on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you.