Insomnia- sleeplessness

Insomnia- sleeplessness

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which the individual faces difficulty in falling sleep or staying sleep for longer periods. A good night sleep is very essential to kick start the day, if for any reason a person doesn’t sleep for a night it effects the next day. After a day full of work body needs to rest for a minimum of 5 hrs in the form of sleep to rejuvenate and recharge.

Insomnia is of two types

Acute insomnia- it is short term insomnia and it only lasts for weeks

Chronic insomnia- it is long term insomnia and lasts for long months and years.

Symptoms

  • Staying awake for longer hours
  • Trouble sleeping and waking up frequently when slept
  • Irritability
  • TirednessInsomnia- sleeplessness
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration and memory
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite

The following are people and habits of people who are prone to insomnia

  • Stress- pressure at work place, small tensions cause stress
  • Depression
  • Working in shifts which often change, and traveling a lot
  • Unpleasant and uncomfortable environment to sleep
  • Any recent traumatic experience
  • Chronic feelings of trauma, anxiety
  • Using medications that effect sleep
  • Other health issues that cause sleeplessness

Prevention and cure

  • Insomnia can be prevented by following the following.
  • Having a proper sleep timings and sticking to that timing.
  • Avoiding caffeinated drinks before 6 hrs to the bed time.
  • Addiction to alcohol, sleeping pills or any drugs should be avoided.
  • Avoid television or laptop for 1-2 hours before sleep.
  • Having a balanced diet and exercising helps body to metabolize properly and thereby sleep.
  • Sleep in a comfort and cozy bed and environment, don’t use bed for any other work except for sleep.
  • Avoid worrying about stuff which is bothering you, if you can solve it try to write down solutions and make a to-do-list and follow it to sort it out, it’s an effective way to solve problems and boost confidence.

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