Sleepless Nights: Sleep, Insomnia and You


Have you ever laid awake for hours on end, thinking about everything that happened to you or maybe what you’ve got to do tomorrow? Do you wake up in the middle of the night for what feels like no reason at all? You may be suffering from a condition called insomnia. Insomnia can come on its own or be a symptom of another underlying disease. In either case, you cannot cure insomnia, only treat it. In the following article, learn what insomnia is, how you can manage it, and some simple tips to keep in mind when you’re lying awake.

Insomnia
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Insomnia can make it hard to fall and stay asleep, can keep you tired at all hours of the day, and can reduce your ability to get things done. Insomnia can manifest itself as constant waking up in the middle of the night, restless sleep, and the inability to fall asleep. If you experience insomnia that only lasts a few weeks and happens because of a traumatic event, you have acute, or short-term insomnia. On the other hand, if you experience a lack of sleep for longer than a month, you have chronic, or long-term insomnia. While there aren’t many differences in the way that the two manifest themselves, they can have radically different causes. If either type of insomnia leaves you unable to function during the day– see a doctor to determine the cause of your inability to sleep, as it could be indicative of something more insidious.

If left untreated, insomnia can exacerbate pre-existing health conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, and mental health conditions. Insomnia can also lead to an increase in the rate of car crashes and a decrease in school or work performance. Sleep is an essential part of overall, holistic health, and you must treat it like it is.

Ways to Combat Insomnia

Since acute insomnia is usually brought about by stress and traumatic events, seek counseling in the wake of such events, especially if you don’t sleep better after a week or two. Poor sleep habits, overeating late at night, and an odd travel schedule can also contribute to the mild sleep condition.

Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, can be a direct result of the factors above, as well as a result of mental illness, the use of medication, sleep disorders, other health problems, like acid reflux or hypertension, and the use of over-the-counter legal drugs. The treatment of chronic insomnia, then, revolves around the management of any underlying illnesses and mitigated or reduced consumption of over-the-counter medications.

Preventative measures to combat insomnia are reasonably straightforward. Popular standards include keeping to a consistent sleep cycle, staying active during the day, and eating healthily. Besides, keeping to a routine when taking medication, drinking coffee, and taking other drugs.

Sleep can be an essential part of your health, and insomnia gets in the way of that. Sleeping regularly and sleeping well is an integral part of any healthy routine and a piece that you shouldn’t ignore.

Do you have insomnia or more questions about insomnia? Need more advice on a different health topic? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!


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