Insomnia- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Are you unhappy with not only the quality but the amount of sleep you are getting each night and do you feel tired and unrested when you awake? Do you find that you have a lack of energy throughout the day and feel exhausted all the time as well as finding it difficult to concentrate even on the simplest of tasks? Are you feeling tired, irritable, and unable to concentrate for long periods?

You might be suffering from Insomnia. Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep. Even if you sleep, you do not get enough sleep which makes you feel permanently tired.

Harmful effects:

Insomnia can cause problems during the day, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleepiness, and irritability. It can lead to serious sleep deficit problems and tends to increase with age, affecting about 30 percent of men and 40 percent of adult women. It can also increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Insomnia Causes:

Insomnia can be caused by physical discomfort like pain or asthma. It can also be caused by emotional discontent, stress or anxiety. Your lifestyle can also cause sleeping disorder. Eating late at night, using stimulants like nicotine or taking alcohol can also drive away the sleep. Sometime the environmental factors like noise, extreme heat or cold or even an uncomfortable bed can cause Insomnia.

Types of Insomnia:

Primary insomnia: 30% of people suffering from Insomnia suffer from this type of disease. This is caused by environmental factors and faulty sleep patterns.
Secondary insomnia: Most people suffer from this type of Insomnia. It is caused by medical problems like arthritis, pain and diabetes. Psychological problems like stress, depression or anxiety also causes secondary Insomnia.

Tips to prevent Insomnia:

• You should stick to same sleeping routine. You should sleep at same time each night and get up at same time each morning.
• You should avoid alcohol, coffee and smoking. Smokers usually face a lot of breathing problems which can keep them awake at night so try to quit smoking.
• You should not eat heavy meals just before sleeping. Take light and easily digestible food at night.
• Stop taking naps during the day.
• Take a warm bath or warm milk before sleeping.
• Listening to calm and soothing music at night can relax you and help you to sleep.
• Yoga and meditation at night also have relaxing effect.
• Sleep in a comfortable bed with proper temperature, neither too hot nor too cold.

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