Getting over sleeplessness

Aug 01, 2010

Dr. David Ssali says everyone can get good sleep if they create a free mind and environment.

By Vision Reporter

Dr. David Ssali says everyone can get good sleep if they create a free mind and environment.

Eat fresh foods
“One should endeavour to eat and drink fresh foods which will aid a healthy sleep. These aid good blood circulation which leads to good sleep,” Dr. Ssali explains.

Dr. Martin Kakande says relaxating is the best solution towards curbing insomnia because a human body basically is inclined towards the mind.

“Relaxation techniques are one of the most effective ways to increase sleep time, fall asleep faster and feel more rested in the morning. They require a minimum of 20 minutes before going to bed,” he says.

The techniques include:

This involves imagining a relaxing scene and involving all your senses. The more vivid the visualisation is and the more senses you involve, the more effective it will be to induce sleep.

Dr. Dorit Segal, a psychotherapist in Kampala, says meditation can naturally induce sleep. This meditation gives deep rest that brings balance to the body and mind. Benefits are gained through the natural self-healing processes that releases stress through meditation.

Dr. Gilbert Tumwesigye, a physiotherapist at Child Health Centre in Luzira, says through brainwaves research, it was discovered that transcendental medication represents a fourth state of consciousness. It is believed that through this state of consciousness, the body is replenished thus preventing insomnia.

One has to pay attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment. By practising mindfulness, individuals can live with out stress that causes sleep disorders.

A research discovered that daily yoga for eight weeks improved total sleep time.

The greatest benefit from practicing yoga comes when one learns how to relax in a given pose.

When practised consistently, yoga also has a powerful stabilising effect on the mind and emotions thus a good and prolonged sleep.

Dr. Tumwesigye says Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a natural remedy for sleep. As one practices tensing and relaxing all the muscle groups in the body, they can move to a shortened procedure, which is deep muscle relaxation, where one rapidly relaxes their whole body.

This reduces tension in your body and increases physical health.

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