Most people feel like the environment and stress are the main causes of lack of sleep for them. However, throughout the years, cases of insomnia have been reported that have nothing to do with stress or the environment. One of the resulting effects of lack of sleep in many cases reported over the years is irritability and mood swings.
To avoid these two symptoms, many people go to great lengths to come up with ceremonies and activities that will ensure they get to sleep well and stay asleep. However, what has been discovered over the years is that whatever works for one person may not necessarily work for every other person. As a result, so many different treatment options have piled up in the many years.
Renowned author Charles Dickens, US founding father Benjamin Franklin and British politician Winston Churchill are great historians who have each indicated that the bed in which a person sleeps determines just how well they sleep.
If Winston Churchill had problems sleeping, he would move to the twin bed that he always kept in his room. Charles Dickens could not fall asleep unless he slept in the very center of his bed, which should be facing north.
If this was not done religiously, Charles just could not fall sleep. Benjamin Franklin had problems sleeping on a bed the wrong temperature. If it got too warm, he would get off the bed and somehow cool the beddings then try to sleep again.
Understanding the history of insomnia lets people know that drugs were always an option even in the past. When sleeping drugs are abused, they change the body’s natural sleeping cycle and should therefore be a last resort.
This makes it difficult for the drug to do its work and hence causes more complications such as hallucinations, as is the case with English writer Evelyn Waugh. According to history, actress, singer and model Marylin Monroe had to calm her nerves by taking a minimum of 20 sleeping pills daily.
Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor, settled to the fact that he was never going to get more than three hours sleep a night and lived well. As observed, these great historians had various ways of dealing with insomnia and that lets us know that it has been around for a long time and may be for a long time to come.