Many Veterans have trouble sleeping. This is well-known or expected by just about anybody, especially the Veterans who are suffering from it. According to a survey by Vetadvisor with over 2,000 voluntary participants, 76 percent said they didn’t sleep well and 91 percent said they feel tired all the time.
The average sleep time for all the Veterans was only 5.6 hours. Seventy-four percent met criteria for having insomnia, where they can’t fall asleep or stay asleep for three or more nights a week. The study also reported that almost 30 percent of the Veterans never have brought the problem up to the VA office or when they have seen their doctor.
Those are some big numbers. It is assumed that most Veterans believe that it is “just normal” since they served in the military and have seen some stressful things. While Veterans are more susceptible to having sleep issues, it is not “just normal.” If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, then you should definitely stop believing the “just normal” statement and start believing that it can be managed or even cured.
There are some great natural tips that can help you sleep better, including a lot of the tips the VA advises. If not, you may want to check those out. Of course like a lot of things in life, some things can be a lot simpler than we make it out be.
Then of course, some things are not so easy. If you have tried many of those tips to get better sleep to no avail then let’s talk about few things that you may not have tried.
First, alcohol does not help you STAY asleep. It only helps you GO to sleep. Research also shows that alcohol messes up your sleep cycles, so you will more than likely still feel tired the next day even if you think you were out like a light the night before.
You may know that certain drinks like milk can help you get sleepy or sleep better. Milk has tryptophan, which is thought to help you relax.There are some other drinks that you probably haven’t tried that have natural ingredients proven to help sleep such as melatonin, serotonin, chamomile and lavender. These drinks include:
- Tart Cherry Juice
- Decaffeinated Green Tea
- Lemon Balm Tea
- Neuro Sleep Drink
- Harney & Sons Yellow & Blue Tea
- The Republic of Tea “Get Some ZZZ’s”
- Ovaltine Malt
- Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea
Believe it or not, there are devices besides the radio or a noise maker that can help you sleep. Actually, there are some very new and technologically advanced devices that you may not have heard of.
- Fisher Wallace Stimulator – FDA approved. A headband that sends signals to your brain to produce more serotonin.
- Rythym Dreem – Comes out this year. Detects when you are in deep sleep and sends signals/sounds to keep you there so you can sleep longer.
- Sleep Cogni – Has reportedly helped 50 percent of people it was tried on to fall asleep faster.
- Sleep Shepherd – monitors your brainwaves and detects if they speed up during the night.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Just tell somebody that can help you. If everything you have read about, seen or heard does not work, then you need to go see your doctor or a psychiatrist.
You are not crazy for going to see a psychiatrist. Sleep has a LOT to do with psychological issues with stress being the lead one like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Stress is what causes so, so many people to not get the rest they need. They either can’t wind down to fall asleep or their brain is active while they are asleep which results in them waking up.
Sleep is far more important than you may realize and it is not worth having restless nights in your bed to have to pay for them later. Lack of sleep is proven to cause all sorts of health problems so if you think you have problems now; you may have a lot more later. Go see somebody who can help or direct you in the right direction.
About the author: Aaron Stevenson is a public educator, health freak, and founder of Snooze EZ, A source for many sleep related topics.