Insomnia

Insomnia (also called insomnia disorder) is a common sleep problem that can affect your quality of life. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. They may wake up during the night or wake up too early the next morning.

There are many things that can cause sleep problems. Insomnia may be caused by:

  • Stress. Stress can be caused by fear about a single event, such as giving a speech. Or you may have ongoing stress, such as worry about work or school.
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental or emotional conditions.
  • Poor sleep habits, such as watching TV in bed or not having a regular bedtime schedule. If you have trouble sleeping, you may worry about being able to fall asleep. This can make the problem worse.
  • Changes in your sleep habits or surroundings. This includes changes that happen where you sleep, such as noise, light, or sleeping in a different bed. It also includes changes in your sleep pattern, such as having jet lag or working a late shift.
  • Other health problems, such as pain, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome.
  • Stimulants, such as tobacco and caffeine, as well as certain medicines, alcohol, and drugs.
  • Lack of regular exercise.

Treatment for insomnia focuses on the reason why you don’t sleep well. If you have a medical problem, such as chronic pain, or an emotional problem, such as stress, treating that problem may help you sleep better. You may be able to sleep better by making some small changes. It may help to:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Get up at the same time each day.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bedtime.
  • Get regular exercise. Figure out what time of day works best for your sleep patterns.
  • Avoid daytime naps.

Talk to your doctor about your sleep problems and any other health issues you may have. This is important, because lack of sleep can lead to depression, accidents, problems at work, marital and social problems, drinking more alcohol than usual, and poor health. Treatment may help you avoid these problems and feel better.

Reference : https://www.healthwise.net/dh/Content/StdDocument.aspx?DOCHWID=uh1001#uh1002

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Dragthepen says:

    Mine is due to the anxiety of my noisy neighbor over my head. She keeps me up between the hours of midnight and 3am

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    1. Garima says:

      Noise can cause insomnia, making it tough for you to fall asleep and get your full 7 to 9 hours in. Worse, long-term noise exposure has been indirectly linked with disturbed sleep, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and other health problems. Unless you happen to be blessed with more frequent sleep spindles than the average person, it’s normal to wake up thanks to noise. Distract your ears. Create a classical music playlist and play it softly through noise-cancelling headphones. There are also plenty of white noise and guided meditation apps you can download and play on your phone to help you sleep. If you don’t want to wear headphones while you sleep, try earplugs. Alternately, add an external noise defense to your bedroom. Turn on a white noise machine, portable fan, or air purifier (this last one provides extra benefits for sleepers with allergies).

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      1. Dragthepen says:

        Wow. Thank you. Yes. My roommate gifted me a pair of wireless ear buds. And you i have found some really good mediation music on you tube. And my landlord is aware of the noise and is helping to solve this problem.

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      2. Garima says:

        Excellent!!!! Have a happy and peaceful sleep 🙂

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  2. Thankfully I have never had this problem. It comes naturally to me, but i really cannot imagine what it would be like, if I couldn’t sleep.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yup, specially the interrupted sleep is the worst.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you found it useful. Insomnia has long term health effects.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it.

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  3. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Sleep is so vital. Crazy cycle and these days don’t help.

    Thanks,

    Gary

    On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 12:43 PM Be Inspired..!! wrote:

    > Garima posted: ” Insomnia (also called insomnia disorder) is a common > sleep problem that can affect your quality of life. People with insomnia > have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. They may wake up during the > night or wake up too early the next morning. There” >

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    1. Garima says:

      Anxieties related to loss of control and uncertainty are understandable as we shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While a natural fear response is par for the course, too much anxiety can be problematic. Instead of spending time and energy worrying, why not channel that energy into what you can control — self-care. Focusing on sleep is a natural fit for working on self-care, as we know that getting enough sleep can benefit your immune system.

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