Insomnia

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Tired of Feeling Tired? Having Sleep Issues or Feeling like a Zombie? You may be Struggling with Insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where a person is having difficulty staying asleep, falling asleep, or getting the proper amount of sleep. The amount of sleep a person needs varies; however, most need to have at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Although people may experience a sleepless night once in a while, it does not mean that they are suffering from insomnia. However, if a person experiences several sleepless nights, has trouble going to sleep often, or wakes up still feeling tired, they may be suffering from insomnia.

Most sufferers wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed. Insomnia can cause a decline in energy levels, mood swings, and result in poor work performance. Many people also report a lower quality of life.

Symptoms of Insomnia

Symptoms of Insomnia

There are many symptoms associated with insomnia. Some of these symptoms are mild, while others are more severe. Many people think insomnia is simply the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep; however, insomnia can have other physical and psychological symptoms. Insomnia may be diagnosed based on sleep patterns. The sleep patterns can be used to diagnose insomnia. Some may experience times of wakefulness in the night, others may wake up too early. A person may have difficulty falling asleep or sleep less than six hours. Some may also experience daytime sleepiness, tiredness, or wake up feeling exhausted.

Physical symptoms of insomnia may include-

  • Tension headaches – Headaches generally occur because the muscles are unable to relax
  • Gastrointestinal disorders – Include irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, stomach pain and indigestion

Insomniacs may also experience a plethora of psychological symptoms such as-

  • Anxiety, depression and irritability due to lack of sleep
  • Difficulty focusing, trouble paying attention and memory problems. Because of these symptoms people may have increased accidents or errors in their work.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia could be caused by-

  • Medical conditions such as urinary incontinence, an overactive thyroid, or gastrointestinal problems
  • Medications used to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and pulmonary disorders
  • Changes in work schedules or work habits can disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythms
  • Food or some beverages can act as stimulants causing sleep problems; stimulants include caffeine and nicotine, especially if consumed close to bedtime
  • Alcohol – Although alcohol is a sedative, it can actually cause sleep disruptions. Alcohol prevents patients from going into deep sleep.
  • Chronic pain
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
Sleep Disorders
  • Aging – Insomnia can happen at any age; however, older people usually suffer from insomnia. This may be caused by changes in reduced activity levels, increased medications, and health issues.

Are you Suffering from Sleeplessness or Insomnia?

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