After a long hard day, we all look forward to getting into our cosy, comfy beds. Although some beds are specially designed for our needs, but when your head hits the pillow nothing happens. Perhaps your eyes don’t want to stay closed, and maybe your mind is running through an endless rerun of the day’s events. You might even find yourself thinking about that to-do list on the fridge that just gets longer and longer. Between all these endless thoughts and tossing and turning the entire night, have you ever thought that it could be insomnia?
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is “Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.”
Insomnia is the term given for having trouble falling asleep or even staying asleep when the person is granted the opportunity to sleep, it is usually associated with a lack of sleep at night. Insomnia can be divided into two categories:
- Onset Insomnia – trouble falling asleep and;
- Maintenance Insomnia – Trouble staying asleep.
People experiencing insomnia are almost always displeased with the sleep that they have had, especially since this lack of sleep, or lack of decent sleep, can lead to a catalogue of unwanted symptoms.
Here is a list of some of the symptoms caused by insomnia:
- Lowered energy levels
- Difficulty with concentration when working on tasks
- Trouble remembering
- There is an increase in accidents and errors made
- Decrease in your work/school performance
- Difficulty studying
- Short of temper
- Worrying about sleep
How long could insomnia last?
There are two types of insomnia, each with their own time frame: Acute insomnia and Chronic insomnia.
Acute insomnia does not last long. It mostly makes an appearance when you are dealing with a stressful event in your life, such as a big exam that you might be writing the next day or after receiving stressful or upsetting news, or even if you have a big upcoming event. This form of insomnia usually solves itself without the need of any medication and so is not a long period thing. This is the most common form of insomnia.
Chronic insomnia is the constant disruption of sleep. This can occur from anywhere between two to three nights a week, an entire week or can even last for an undisclosed amount of time if not treated. This, unfortunately, is not something that will just disappear with time, you will need some form medical assistance.
There are various causes for chronic insomnia such as a change in your current environment, working shifts that develop unhealthy sleep habits when working against your inner clock, hormone chemical imbalance (creating those nights when it feels like your mind does not want to shut down), medications (some medication can cause your mind to overwork) or a change in your hormones that leads to insomnia. It can also be “comorbid” which is the term given when insomnia is caused by medical or physiological issues. All these causes can lead to long-term insomnia which in turn can harm your body, your mind and your lifestyle. Chronic insomnia is not something that should be left untreated. It can have an immense ripple effect on your life.
As mentioned before there are two different types of insomnia which can have an effect on your waking life. Throughout the world, there are many people who suffer from this often frustrating sleep disorder but many of us have little knowledge about insomnia.
Here are a few facts about insomnia that you need to know:
- Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders with approximately half of adults reporting occasionally having symptoms of insomnia.
- 10 percent of people have experienced chronic insomnia.
- Around 30 % of the general population complains about sleep disruption.
- 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.
- Insomnia is more likely to occur in women than in men.
- Insomnia is more likely to affect elderly adults.
- Insomnia is reported more among adults with children than those without.
- Insomnia can be more likely for those who nap during the day, making sleep more difficult at night.
- People who are naturally more awake and alert might be more likely to suffer from insomnia.
- People who regularly use stimulants and alcohol may report symptoms of insomnia more often.
- People with poor sleep hygiene practices are more likely to report insomnia.
After looking at all the facts and the possibility that it might be insomnia, your next step would be to treat it. How do you treat insomnia?
If it is acute insomnia from being nervous about your upcoming work presentation or an event you are planning then rest assured that it will resolve itself. Acute insomnia is just a temporary form of insomnia that is created by day to day activities and experiences. The treatment for chronic insomnia is a bit more complex.
First, the cause of insomnia needs to be determined with the help of a doctor or if you feel it is a psychological problem, then with the help of a psychologist. Once the cause has been determined it can be treated either with medical or psychological treatments. You most definitely have to consult a professional if your sleep deprivation goes on for a long period of time. The effects of insomnia are immense and can harm so many aspects of your life.
There are few things you can consider before consulting a doctor to ensure that it is indeed insomnia, such as changing your mattress. If your bed is not supporting your body it can also cause sleeplessness. Changing your eating habits such as not eating too late and eat healthy as this can also eliminate insomnia, practise hygienic habits before going to bed as this will help your body and mind to shut down for the night. If you take afternoon naps – stop, change your lifestyle by going to bed at a certain time and waking up at a certain time, don’t use electronic devices till late at night as it affects your internal clock. Changing just one or two small things like a bed, pillow or habit can change your sleeping pattern completely.
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