Insomnia can be caused by lifestyle changes, as routine helps the body develop a healthy sleep pattern. Changing sleep habits time and time again can exacerbate the problem. Stress is another common cause, and acute or chronic illness or mental health concerns can result in insomnia.
We may not nourish our bodies with healthful foods; we may miss meals or eat too fast. Our bodies may be craving movement and physical activity, but we may instead lead sedentary lives, unaware of our poor posture, tense muscles, and sluggish breathing techniques.
Our minds may be craving calm, love, and peace, with an inner awareness and connection. However instead our minds are overflowing with thoughts, worries, isolation and negativity. We have become disconnected from ourselves. We stop listening, and I mean really listening to what our minds and bodies need. This is an active process that requires us to focus our awareness on our physical body and also on our thoughts and feelings.
We need to question ourselves as to why we may be feeling a certain way. We may need to use body-mind techniques such as mindful breathing, relaxation methods, yoga and the practice of gratitude, visualisation, and affirmations. The aim is to reconnect with the deeper part of yourself, your soul. This will bring about deep feelings of peace and security.