Saturday, January 29, 2011

When Sleep Evades

Do you have trouble sleeping? I know of a few people who find it difficult to sleep and the one who tops my list is my husband. He has had trouble sleeping for quite a while now that I thought he should tell his doctor about it. But I doubt if he would ever tell his doctor about it on his appointments. I know it is insomnia, which is the "difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both" or the perception of poor quality sleep, but like most people, he wouldn't seek medical advice.

I have been wondering why the insomnia... and I guess he is just more stressed than I am lately because of transitions at work. So what do we do as home treatment for insomnia? I give him a massage, or rather, he would ask me for one. I massage his back, his legs and feet and hands using Japanese oil. This helps release all the tensions from his muscles and helps him to relax. Massaging his head almost always does the trick and leads him off to dreamland in just a few minutes.

Sometimes, when he wakes up in the middle of the night to empty his bladder and find it difficult to go back to sleep again, he would drink warm milk. Sometimes it helps but sometimes, it doesn't. So what does he do when the milk doesn't do its wonders? He would wake me up and ask me for a massage again. I guess he should do something about his insomnia otherwise, he would always feel tired and stressed.

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