Do you feel difficulty in getting into sleep? Do you awake in the midnights and feel trouble going back to sleep?
It is the sleep ailment suffered by millions of people across the world. It is a condition where the sufferer will find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up throughout the night or waking up too early in the morning. Various psychiatric and medical conditions, personal habits or certain biological disorders can cause this. Some researchers also refer to it as the difficulty to sleep although they have the chance to do so. Insomnia can impact the person’s daily routine and diminishes his/her focus on what they show in doing things. It can make you feel sleepy in the day time, and feeling of being unwell. There are two characterizations of insomnia basing on their lasting duration- Acute insomnia, which is caused by personal life state of affairs, like when you hear depressing or bad news, a night before an important event like an interview, or exam. This acute insomnia will last resolve itself in less than 1 month. The factors leads to acute insomnia are illness, some medications, inappropriate sleep schedule, medications for illnesses like(asthma, cold, painkillers, B.P), etc. The other one is chronic insomnia which will last for more than a month. Many factors which can cause this chronic insomnia include depression, pain at night and stress. Insomnia can be categorized as primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia which is not initiated by medical, psychiatric or environmental causes, in fact, it is the protracted sleep onset latency, the commotion of sleep maintenance or the familiarity of non-refreshing sleep. We can figure out many factors that cause insomnia like depression, pain, benign prostatic hypertrophy, fidgety leg syndrome. Whereas, the secondary insomnia is referred as the sleep disorder caused by other health conditions like cancer, diabetes, thyroid problem, heartburn, gastric problems like reflux, or the due to the medication taken for the health issues like common cold and nasal issue, diabetes, High BP, asthma, depression and birth control . Along with these factors, alcohol and smoking can also cause secondary insomnia. Interestingly, Insomnia and depression have a connection, researchers say that “many insomnia cases are caused by psychiatric circumstances which is referred to as a depression. Insomnia causes various disorders which resemble the depression-like mood fluctuations, hormone swing. It is obvious that when a suppressed person stays awake at night, his brain will stay active, so his thoughts that cause depression. Hence, it is surveys say that “insomnia can make the depression of a person much worse”.
The Insomnia can enhance the spirits like apprehension, thwarting, bleakness, overtiredness, and inability to focus on things. Hence, to avoid this better calm your mind in order to improve your quality of sleep without any interference in sleep. Try to calm your mind and your body through exercises like meditation, cognitive therapy, and meditation which can calm your mind and makes your strong enough to get over depressive thoughts. Even anxiety has a link with insomnia. When a person is totally engaged with thoughts about the events which happened or which are going to happen in his/her life, due to the excessive thoughtful nature, he/she might feel trouble in sleeping. These include feeling astounded by responsibilities, caught by the thoughts about past events, worrying about the future. Like Insomnia can leave a negative impact on your lifestyle and similarly, an unhealthy lifestyle can also affect your quality of sleep like working late nights at home with a computer which can stress your mind and so your eyes which will make it tough for you to get to sleep. This can be a very common saying which we often hear from our parents, “Sleeping or taking naps in the day can affect your sleep at nights”. Well, some surveys say that “taking naps in the day can relax the body and so the brain which will suffice the need that is covered at nights, so you don’t get to sleep quickly at nights. Some people work in nightshifts which can impacts their sleeping cycle badly and make them feel inactive in the daytime. Their certain medication to resolve this insomnia problem like antidepressants, antihistamines, reviewing the sleeping habits of the insomniac along with the pre-bedtime habits to analyze if any inappropriate element that is making trouble to sleep. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one the renowned treatment for insomnia which can help the sufferer to control the thoughts that make them unable to sleep at nights. Indeed, it is one of the most preferred treatments for insomniacs. This treatment will also include various strategies like stimulus control therapy, relaxation therapy, sleep restriction, light therapy.
Causes of Insomnia:
Many factors can lead to insomnia, be it medical or personal habits. Let’s dive into some causes of insomnia,
- Using High power medication drugs, herbs, excessive caffeine consumption.
- Doing drugs like cocaine, nicotine, and marijuana.
- Too much worry about events in nearing future like a job, marriage, personal developments, etc.
- Medical illnesses like asthma, arthritis, chronic pain, back pain, acid reflux, hyperthyroidism, cancer, sinus, migraine, etc.
- Improper travel and work schedules.
- Alcohol and smoking before going to bed.
- Mental health syndromes like post-traumatic stress disorders
Symptoms of Insomnia:
- Trouble in falling asleep or waking up in between the sleep.
- Unable to go back to sleep after when awakened.
- Feeling lethargy in the daytime.
- Unable to focus on daily routine works like a job.
- Being unable to concentrate in personal and professional arena.
- Waking up too early in the morning.
- Irritability, depression, and fatigue.
- Unable to socialize.
Remedies for Insomnia:
- Improve sleep hygiene, like make your bed neat and comfortable.
- Take a shower before you go to bed.
- Make sure your room has proper ventilation.
- Practice meditation and relaxation techniques.
- Avoid using mobile phone and laptop two hours before you go to bed.
- Do not drink coffee before going to bed.
If you feel any of these symptoms and want to get over this problem of sleeplessness, then call us to fix an appointment with the best doctor to seek better treatment.