Terminal insomnia, aka sleep maintenance insomnia, aka early morning waking, aka I wake up at 3 am and can’t get back to sleep and it’s driving me crazy! is a pretty common experience for many people. When you wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back to sleep, it's aggravating. Maybe your mind starts racing, maybe you worry about everything you need to do, or not, but you just can’t fall back asleep. At least not until it’s almost time to get up, and then you’re tired, cranky, and don’t function as well as you’d like. But then the real problem with insomnia is the next night, when it starts happening over and over and over again, and you’re just soooo tired and then you start to get stressed out and angry about your inability to sleep and that makes things worse, because when you wake up and see that it’s 3am you get mad and that makes it even harder to sleep. As the researchers say...this is common but aggravating...Insomnia is the worst! If you’re here you’re probably desperate for sleep, you haven’t slept well for a long time, and you're cranky, irritable, depressed. I feel you. I’ve struggled with insomnia off and on, and I come by it honestly. My dad is almost always up from 2-4am and so is my baby...there’s a genetic aspect to this, and this early morning waking is also closely linked to depression- as a cause of depression or as a symptom of depression. But don’t worry your little head. There’s also a lot you can do about it. In this video we’ll talk about six non-medication strategies you can use to defeat insomnia and get better at sleeping through the night.
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