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It’s time to stop patronizing insomnia sufferers

We're a little bit angry as we type this one. As we sifted through thousands of pages of insomnia 'advice' in an attempt to find some useful information to share, we came across a tip that is so preposterous we can't believe the author is serious.

According to an article recently posted over at Care2, there is a way you can cure your insomnia without medication or side-effects. Sounds great, right? OK, let us share this nugget with you:

Make your bed a sanctuary. Splurge on high thread count cotton sheets, a down comforter, a favorite pillow, or an extra luxe mattress, like Tempur-Pedic. Surround your bed with flowers and candles.

Yes, we've talked (cynically) about mattresses and pillows that cure your insomnia, but surrounding your bed with flowers and candles to cure a condition that can be downright destructive and debilitating just takes the cake.

This article proves that we still have an uphill battle on our hands to get insomnia to be taken more seriously. It's time to stop patronizing insomnia sufferers. Now.

Source: Care2

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Last updated: July 22, 2011

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

Leave a Comment

  • wonderhussy
    July 24, 2011, 4:12 am

    The WORST is when guys (and it’s ALWAYS men) tell me that some good old-fashioned sex will put me to sleep. Arrrrgh! Don’t you jerks think I’ve tried that by now?!?!?! Totally belittles my problem and pisses me off to no end…

  • Stephan
    July 22, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Yes, there is a lot of fluff floating around out there in cyberspace. And sadly, I’ve seen far worse alleged tips.

    The make-your-bed-a-sanctuary idea has some merit I think if it’s used to consciously create a positive association with a good night’s sleep. Could be a legitimate stimulus-control technique.

    And I suppose if someone was tuned into aromatherapy and used safe nonburning scented candles to help relax/unwind that’d be OK too.

    As a former insomniac, I think the key is to address the problem in a focused, comprehensive, and determined manner…including thoughts, behaviors, and creating an optimal sleep environment for your own specific situation.

  • Torra
    July 22, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Not to mention leave burning candles surrounded by highly flammable fabrics and polyurethane, feathers, and plants while you sleep. Because NOTHING cures insomnia like a house fire…