Insomnia is simply a disorder that is characterized by uneasiness and not being able to sleep. According to national sleep foundation, People with insomnia tend to have difficulty falling asleep (onset), staying asleep (maintenance), and/or they wake up too early in the morning. There are stages of insomnia that comprises of Transient insomnia (lasting 3 days or less), Acute Insomnia (several weeks) and Chronic Insomnia (long period of time spanning to a year and more) of which treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
Insomnia can be caused by a number of factors which could be classified as physical, psychological and medical. Further explained below, you’d find that:
- Physical Factors: Like jet lag (crossing time zones during flight), job shift changes, environmental temperature and noise. Also, Technology may or may not play a major role as a factor but for certain people, light from televisions, tablets and phone can tip the scale a whole lot according to the research by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in insomnia cases.
- Psychological Factors: Depression, Brooding (over thinking), bipolar, anxiety and psychotic disorders.
- Medical Factors: Pain in the body, chronic weakness, indigestion, brain abnormality and arthritis. Heart, pulmonary, Respiratory, throat, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Hormones (estrogen, hormone shifts during menstruation, pregnancy).
A person suffering from insomnia may have all or some of these symptoms which counts as difficulty falling asleep, poor sleep maintenance at night, waking earlier than usual, not feeling fully awake and exhausted and may have a feeling of wariness and sleepiness throughout the day time, Irritability, headaches, depression or anxiety, lack of focus, constant concern over sleep deprivation.
In treating insomnia your best foot forward is identifying the cause in the first place. Once that is done, it can be corrected or treated by therapy depending on the stage. Other approaches count as:
- PRESCRIBED sleeping pills and antidepressants (please avoid self-medication).
- Appropriate sleep regulation and sleep schedule.
- Healthy practises – Daily exercise, staying away from caffeine, nicotine and starvation. Ensuring a comfortable sleeping environment (mattress, comforters, pillow and room temperature).
- Meditating as often as possible and muscle relaxation.
- Avoid using your phone and tabs, watching TV, reading, eating immediately before going to bed.
- You really want to lay off long naps during the day and generally forcing yourself to sleep.
I am really hoping this post was beneficial to you and worth your time. In what category do you fall in and I sure would love to know what you think causes you sleeplessness if you happen to relate with this. Do so by leaving a comment and don’t forget to follow my blog if you haven’t done so yet.