New Way to Beat Insomnia

A new device has been developed that could bring an end to sleepless nights for insomnia sufferers. It is a cap full of chilled water in tubes that “calms over-active minds, allowing the wearer to switch off and get a good night’s sleep.” It is the pre-frontal cortex (that sits under the forehead) that is cooled as for insomniacs, this part speeds up rather than slows down which is what it is meant to do. Water will switch it off, thereby facilitating a good night’s sleep. In a report in The Daily Mail, a study showed that those who wore the cap had as good a night sleep as those who don’t suffer from insomnia.

Cap Better Than Meds

According to the cap developers (from America) it is believed that this device can provide a great alternative to sleeping tablets. According to Pittsburgh University researcher Dr. Eric Nofzinger, “the primary medical treatment for insomnia has long been the prescription of hypnotics, or sleeping pills, yet only about 25 per cent of patients using these treatments are satisfied, citing concerns regarding side effects and the possibility of dependence on a pill to help them sleep at night.” There is thus not that much available for these patients. For even more effectiveness, Nofzinger is pushing for a large-scale trial to “confirm the result.” The only criticism of it so far is how comfortable it will actually be to wear, and “how cold is cold?” as most people won’t really find it all that nice to go to sleep with a cold head.

Sleeping Well

Insomnia is a common problem among students.  This is even more so, at the beginning of your college career since you have no doubt undergone a huge change of pace and environment.  Still, there is no need to panic since there are many ways of dealing with this.  More importantly, there are many very healthy ways of dealing with this that should sort out the problem in no time at all.  First of all, never resort to drugs.  That is always a bad idea.  Sleeping pills are only meant to be used in very specific short-term temporary emergency situations such as when one is grieving and even then one need to consult a medical expert.  So what else can be done with regular insomnia?  Here are some basic tips:
a)    Get into a relaxing pre-bedtime routine
b)    Stop drinking caffeine at least 5 hours before you want to fall asleep
c)    If you are likely to be buzzing all night with worries, make sure you take a pen and paper and write a list of all the things you want to deal with TOMORROW and then put it away
d)    Take a bath
e)    Have a warm milky drink
f)    Turn off the phone
g)    Turn off the TV
h)    Make peace with loved ones.
All of these small tips are very easy to implement and can really make a difference to your entire sleep pattern.  It might seem like a hassle at first, but within no time at all you will come to look forward to your bedtime routine as you see how much it benefits the quality of your overall sleep.