Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the US and it could be affecting you, your daily routine as well as your those around you. Insomnia can be associated with extreme tiredness, lack of liveliness, anxiety, irritability, and trouble with daily task. If you've been diagnosed with insomnia or believe you have the disorder you may also be suffering from one or more other sleep problems. Sleep disorders have a profound effect on our daily lives this is why is imperative that you know the causes, symptoms, and the treatments.
There could be various reasons contributing to your insomnia including allergies, arthritis, asthma, neurological conditions, food intake (such as nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, heavy meals and other foods that stimulate the brain/body), chronic pain, endocrine problems, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and so on. You along with your physician/clinician can work together to pinpoint and treat the cause to assist in eliminating your insomnia. Insomnia can also be the result of a more prevalent sleep disorder that has or has not been diagnosis. Ask your physician for more information about insomnia if you believe this condition is affecting you.
- Behavior issues
- Problems falling asleep
- Getting up too early
- Difficulty consentrating on daily tasks
- Abrupt personal relationships
- Mood swings
- Unable to stay alseep
One or more of these symptoms can point towords insomnia but consult your physicians for a diagnosis of a definite issue. Also, there of degrees of insomnia from mild to chronic and only your physician can tell you the severity of your condition.
1. Adopt new sleep habits
2. Make sure bedroom is quite, dark, and comfortable
3. Keep a sleep schedule
4. Avoid naps
5. Avoid stressful situations and stimulating activity before bed
6. Put the tablets, smart phones, laptops away
7. Limit alcohol, caffeine and nicotine
8. Prepare your brain for sleep
9. Get out of bed when you can’t sleep
There are alternative medications available as well, consult your physician.
Rememer SLEEP is one the most important activities for your body so get plenty of it!
For more information on insomnia and other sleep disorders visit: www.sleepfoundation.org.