ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Key Information About Insomnia

Updated on July 14, 2019
srirad0675 profile image

Srikanth is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life.

Doctors worldwide suggest a minimum of eight hours as optimum sleep time needed.

Some experts are of the opinion that the “ideal” eight hours sleep a night is an average – some people will need more, some less.

Insomnia is the condition of being unable to sleep over a period of time. It is a growing problem.

Worldwide studies suggest that up to 50 percent of the world’s population suffer from insomnia.

This disorder takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems.

Source

Causes

Travel schedule, problems at work or school, eating too much late in the night, stress, work schedule, concerns about jobs, health, income, family, friends or relationships, and poor sleep habits are some causes of insomnia.

Some experts have warned that sleep tracker apps and devices can worsen insomnia both through inaccurate data and by making your anxieties that much worse.

Sleep problems during pregnancy are extremely common, especially towards the later stages of pregnancy when physical discomforts become more numerous and the baby grows larger.

Symptoms

Symptoms include waking during night hours, difficulty falling asleep at night, feeling tired in the morning, irritability, waking very early, anxiety, feeling sleepy during daytime, depression, headache and inability to concentrate.

Marc Raphaelson, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, told POPSUGAR that brief sleep interruptions are common and often normal, but he becomes concerned that a patient has insomnia if he or she has "difficulty initiating (falling) asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or wakes up in the early morning after short sleep."

If these problems last for more than a month and consistently affect your ability to function during the day, it's time to talk to your doctor.

Complications

Chronic insomnia is linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, depression, anxiety and premature death.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons | Source

Treatment

Most common treatments are medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes can include better sleep habits, exercising in the daytime, and eating a balanced diet.

Eszopiclone (Lunesta), ramelteon (Rozerem) and trazodone (Desyrel) are some medicines used to treat insomnia.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is emerging as a solution to aid persistent insomnia in place of medication.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), CBT-I “combines behavioral strategies, such as setting a consistent sleep schedule and getting out of bed when struggling with sleep, with cognitive strategies, such as replacing fears about sleeplessness with more helpful expectations.”

A research study indicated that Heartfulness Meditation may be an important option in the aggregate of treatments for chronic insomnia.

The study, which was published by the Oxford University Press, was conducted by Sleep Research Society.

When people are having trouble sleeping, taking a lavender pill helps them have quality sleep.

— Professor Murat Kartal, Bezmialem University.

Prevention

Avoid caffeine and other stimulants. Go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. Avoid heavy meals before bedtime.

Exercise at least 30 minutes per day most days of the week. Restrict vigorous exercise to the morning or afternoon.

Do not exercise before going to sleep; do Heartfulness relaxation instead. Avoid bright lights in the bedroom.

Make bedtime all about sleep and not about other things like watching TV, playing on your phone, or reading.

Design a healthy work schedule. Take steps to relieve symptoms of jet lag. Drink plenty of water.

Do you sleep for seven hours during night?

See results
Source

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.

© 2019 Srikanth R

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 

      4 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This was very interesting to read. I rarely get 7 or 8 hours sleep a night. I usually wake up a couple of times in the night, and sometimes takes me a long time to get to sleep. Ah well, I manage on the few hours I do get!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)