Quick Facts about Insomnia.

So you want facts about insomnia? Maybe you or a loved one is an insomniac or you are just researching on insomnia, you have come to the right place.
Now to the facts about insomnia 101 class.

What is insomnia?
Insomnia is simply the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. I used to be an insomniac and like other people suffering from this condition, I wake often at night and cannot go back to sleep. Sometimes I am not able to fall asleep at all, other times I can only fall asleep by 12am and by 2am I am wide awake probably till 5am. Those were terrible days.

There are two basic types of insomnia:

  • Short term Insomnia and
  • Long term insomnia

With short term insomnia, sleep troubles come and go and can be linked to stress or probably grief . In children with insomnia, it might be caused by bad sleeping habits. This form of insomnia lasts days or even weeks but usually does not exceed a month. But with long term insomnia which also known as chronic insomnia, the problem goes on for years and is almost always the result of a health problem.

What causes insomnia?

Some people are more likely to experience insomnia than others. They include,

  • The elderly
  • Women and
  • People with a history of depression.

There also are other factors that can induce insomnia, these include

  • Jet Lag
  • Stress
  • Environmental pollution
  • Mental Problems
  • Side effects of drugs
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Stimulants (Tobacco and caffeine)
  • Lack of regular exercise.

How do I know I have insomnia?

Well, defining your symptoms is not an exact science. But there are some sure tell tale signs. Common signs of insomnia include the following;

  • When you keep waking up earlier than usual.
  • When you wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep
  • If you always feel tired in the morning and feel like you have not slept at all.
  • If you are slow during the day and feel grouchy or easily irritated
  • If it always takes long to fall asleep.
  • If you become forgetful during the day.

It should also be noted that insomnia in women can also be caused by menopause. Research has shown that a major symptom of menopause is insomnia.

So what do I do now?

Well it depends. First if you feel you have insomnia don’t be scared. Insomnia is not a disease. The way out is to find the underlying cause and you are free. First you will need to see a doctor, if possible a sleep specialist especially if you have chronic insomnia.

The doctor will ask you questions bothering on your sleep habits, alcohol intake, diet, medical history, pills, and even issues that might be on your mind at the time. It is not advisable to start swallowing sleeping pills because over time they can become addictive and you might not even need one in the first place.

There also are alternative therapies for insomnia that you could try out such as insomnia hypnotherapy, but it is always wise to seek out a sleep expert first.

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