There's a lot of advice out there on how to combat insomnia. But what if you can't? How do you maintain your sanity when you're tossing and turning in bed for hours — or worse, when you've just woken up from a night spent tossing and turning? Obviously, that situation is not ideal, but it doesn't have to ruin your day — or your life.
"Insomnia can come from many places, and sometimes these overlap," Dr. Benjamin Smarr, Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at UC Berkeley and Reverie Sleep Expert, tells Bustle. "Usually one refers to insomnia when the sleeplessness is not caused by some other obvious cause, like side effects from medicine, anxiety, or bright lights and loud noises. The principle thing to do is notice how long it takes from when you want to go to sleep to when you get to sleep. If that is routinely a long time, or if you wake frequently and for many days in a row, then it’s worth speaking with a sleep specialist."
There are many ways to treat insomnia, from cognitive behavioral therapy to magnesium and 5-HTP supplements. But these treatments don't always work every night, and you may find yourself needing to do damage control during or after a terrible night's sleep. Here's how to stop insomnia from getting in the way of your work, relationships, and life.