Insomnia: Don't Take Sleep For Granted!

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Who doesn't experience sleeping problems from time to time? We all do, sometimes due to stress and sometimes due to environmental factors.

However, what we are going to talk about is something much more than the periodic sleeping problems we have. This disease, called insomnia, affects one's life very negatively.

Before you diagnose yourself online, let's see what it is about!

1. Symptoms include difficulty in falling asleep, as well as problems staying asleep.

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People who suffer from insomnia spend a lot of time before they can fall asleep; and even if they do fall asleep, they wake up a couple of times during the night, and again, experience difficulties in falling asleep again.

2. As a result, one wakes up too early in the morning, feeling like sh*t.

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3. There are many causes of Insomnia.

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In short-term insomnia, the usual causes are environmental factors, stress, jet lag, etc.

4. If you experience sleeping problems due to family issues, high levels of stress or a traumatic event, you might have short-term or acute insomnia.

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This type of insomnia usually disappears in a couple of weeks.

5. If your sleeping problems go on for more than a month, this might be a sign of another disease.

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Long-term or chronic insomnia is mostly caused by depression, anxiety and chronic stress. However, psychological factors aren't the only causes of chronic insomnia. Physical diseases can also worsen your sleeping problems.

6. If you have chronic insomnia, your brain activity, eye movements, heart rate and blood pressure are measured with a polysomnography test while you're asleep.

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The amount of air breathed in through your nose as well as the oxygen level in your blood is calculated. Additionally, your chest movements and any case of snoring is observed and recorded. The next step is starting the treatment if it turns out that your insomnia is caused by a physiological disorder.

7. You might have to change your life style in the case of chronic insomnia.

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It is likely that you will have to decrease or completely cut off your intake of coffee, cigarettes and alcohol. You can also detect the medications that can interfere with your sleep. You must exercise and regulate your sleeping schedule.

8. By making sure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, you can also alleviate your chronic insomnia.

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Another trick is to keep your bedroom as dark as possible. You can also minimize the number of electronic devices. Arrange the room temperature so that it isn't too hot or too cold.

9. If the insomnia is advanced, making the above mentioned changes alone may not help. If this is the case, the "Cognitive Behavior Therapy" your psychologist will offer will do a lot of good.

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You can lower your anxiety by learning how to control your muscles, breathing and heart rate as a part the relaxation techniques that you will master thanks to this type of therapy.

10. Another option to go to when treating insomnia is the medication that your doctor will prescribe.

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11. Don't forget that you aren't alone. Around 150 million people in the world suffer from insomnia!

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And 10% of these people's daily lives are affected badly by this disease.

Don't ignore this disease, since you can beat it by receiving treatment!

Get well soon and best of luck!

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