If you're someone who has suffered from insomnia, you've likely tried everything under the sun to help yourself fall asleep at night. Counting sheep may not help, but there are a number of other different cures for insomnia that sleep specialists swear by that might be worth a shot. Sometimes, the answers to your sleep problems just involve some out-of-the-box solutions, and who better to advise you on these odd habits then the sleep experts themselves?
"Insomnia is a disorder characterized by repeated difficulty with either falling or staying asleep, despite adequate opportunity, condition and time to do so," Dr. Lee-Chiong, sleep expert, professor at National Jewish Health and Chief Medical Liaison at Philips, tells Bustle. "People with insomnia typically complain of impaired daytime functioning. It can arise from hyperarousal of the body (cannot relax) or brain (cannot shut off my thoughts)."
Unfortunately, people with chronic insomnia may develop lifelong habits that seem reasonably beneficial to falling asleep but instead might create the negative effect of persistent and worsening sleeplessness, says Dr. Lee-Chiong. On the other hand, some recommendations may sound counterintuitive, but might actually be helpful.
If you're consistently having trouble falling asleep at night, try your hand at one of these seven insomnia cures that sleep specialists swear by — no matter how odd they sound.