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What is Insomnia and What are the factors that causes It?

Updated on June 6, 2012
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Insomnia is known as a sleeping disorder. It is when you are unable to fall asleep or stay asleep. Sleep plays an important role in our daily lives. We need sleep to rest our mind and body so we can feel rejuvenated and be alert the next day. Our bodies produce a substance in our blood stream that makes us feel tired. When this process is changed by physical ailments and/or stress you develop insomnia.

There are three types of insomnia

  • Acute

usual causes are temporary changes in your life such as schedule changes, worries,an argument of some sort and lasts from 1-3 days

  • Light

usual causes are from a physical disorder, sickness, and/or stress which usually lasts no longer than 1-3 weeks

  • Chronic

causes are all of the above but with the inability to sleep most nights for a month or more


Other Factors that cause Insomnia


  • Surroundings

Anything that would be a disruption like noise, an uncomfortable bed,or being hot or too cold.

  • Too much to eat or drink

Eating foods high in fat or using alcohol or any stimulants can result in a restless night.

  • Exercise

Exercising to close to going to bed or not getting enough exercise will contribute to a bad night.

  • Bad Habits

Stimulating activities, reading, watching TV, and/or listening to music can help some but usually is a factor to your sleepless nights.




Yoga for Insomnia

Practicing yoga on a regular basis not only improves your health, but helps you relax therefore bringing you a good night sleep.

* Tip

It is best to do your yoga routine at least two hours before going to bed.

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