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Do You Suffer From Insomnia?

Updated on April 1, 2020
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I have suffered from insomnia myself for years and done much research on the subject of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Insomnia affects some 3 million Americans each year. It is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. It can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health, resulting in developing serious medical conditions if left untreated.

It is a common sleep disorder that makes it hard for a person to stay asleep or to fall asleep. On average, an adult needs around 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Some people might experience acute insomnia if they have experienced some sort of traumatic event. Acute insomnia can last for days or weeks. For some though, their insomnia can last longer, for a month or more. This type of insomnia is called chronic insomnia.

How do you know if you have insomnia?

A few symptoms to look for are:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Accidents due to drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Not feeling rested after sleeping all night

What causes insomnia?

Some common causes of insomnia are:

  • Stress
  • Work schedule or travel affecting your wake-sleep cycle
  • Eating too much late in the evening
  • Medications
  • Mental or health conditions
  • Other sleep related disorders such as sleep apnea
  • Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol

When should you see a doctor?

If you find it is hard to function properly during the day you should consult with your doctor.

Prevent insomnia

Good habits can help prevent insomnia from forming and develop sound sleep.

  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Stick to a regular bedtime and have a bedtime routine
  • Avoid naps
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  • Avoid large meals before bed
  • Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible. Keep the room dark, cool and quiet.

How can you treat insomnia?

A few methods you can try to treat your insomnia are

CBT therapy (Cognitive behavioral therapy) which includes relaxation techniques, sleep restriction and stimulus control which an example would be to have a consistent bedtime, wake time and no napping.

Trying over the counter sleep medications or something prescribed from a doctor

Taking a natural herbal remedy such as chamomile, valerian, magnesium, or melatonin.

Light therapy - Using a sun light therapy lamp to get your body's wake-sleep cycle back in order.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 krissy72


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