What Is Insomnia?
July 19, 2008 9:45pm CST
anyone here who suffers from insomnia? there are times that i experience insomnia too, but im thankful that it doesnt bother me that mush and it does not happen all the time. here are some facts about insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: * Difficulty falling asleep * Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep * Waking up too early in the morning * Feeling tired upon waking Insomnia Types There are two types of insomnia: primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. * Primary insomnia: Primary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. * Secondary insomnia: Secondary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems because of something else, such as a health condition (like asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn); pain; medication they are taking; or a substance they are using (like alcohol). Acute vs. Chronic Insomnia Insomnia also varies in how long it lasts and how often it occurs. It can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can last a long time (chronic insomnia). It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems. Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for a month or longer. Insomnia Causes Acute insomnia causes can include: * Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving). * Illness. * Emotional or physical discomfort. * Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep. * Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep. * Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example). Causes of chronic insomnia include: * Depression and/or anxiety. * Chronic stress. * Pain or discomfort at night. Insomnia Symptoms Insomnia symptoms include: * Sleepiness during the day. * General tiredness. * Irritability. * Problems with concentration or memory. Diagnosing Insomnia If you think you have insomnia, talk to your health care provider. An evaluation may include a physical exam, a medical history, and a sleep history. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary for a week or two, keeping track of your sleep patterns and how you feel during the day. Your health care provider may want to interview your bed partner about the quantity and quality of your sleep. In some cases, you may be referred to a sleep center for special tests. Insomnia Treatment Acute insomnia may not require treatment. Mild insomnia often can be prevented or cured by practicing good sleep habits (see below). If your insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day because you are sleepy and tired, your health care provider may prescribe sleeping pills for a limited time. Rapid onset, short-acting medications can help you avoid effects such as drowsiness the following day. Avoid using over-the-counter sleeping pills for insomnia since they may have undesired side effects and tend to lose their effectiveness over time. Treatment for chronic insomnia includes first treating any underlying conditions or health problems that are causing the insomnia. If insomnia continues, your health care provider may suggest behavioral therapy. Behavioral approaches help you to change behaviors that may worsen insomnia and to learn new behaviors to promote sleep. Techniques such as relaxation exercises, sleep restriction therapy, and reconditioning may be useful.
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20 Jul 08
Insomnia sucks. It's hard to figure out if I have it right now. My body clock is weird. My sleeping time is currently switched. I sleep during the day and I'm active at night. But I can't get to sleep easily so there lies the problem. I know that depression is most likely a factor with me. And I guess I'm always tired after being asleep for over ten hours.
20 Jul 08
you just have to reset your body clock. make night as a time for sleeping and not for doing the things you are supposed to do during the day. that way, your body sees and feels that when night comes it's already time for sleep and you easily get sleepy and drowsy. and make sure you remove events that might hinder your sleep. make sure you dont drink a lot of water before going to sleep to reduce possibility of nocturia or urinating plenty of times during the night. and, you have to rest your mind once you get in your bed.
20 Jul 08
Well I have insomia..and it's really hard.Because your eyes wants to sleep but your mind is still awake..I am in the point where I have to tell myself and hypnotize myself by saying..."you are now getting sleepy.." I say that several times..It sounds crazy but I still pray to God that "GOd please let me sleep" I say that several times as well and it helped. But due to stress and a lot of problems that's why we have insomia..But it's actually treatable..through sleep management..I wish I could go to that therapy also.My officemate told me that it was fun during therapy for sleeep disorder management. Have a nice day. ;p
20 Jul 08
yeah you're so right. even if you want to sleep immediately but you cant because you feel that your mind is so active that it keeps on running and running too much that you cant feel drowsy. i hate insomnia in times that i feel so tired but i cannot sleep becuase i think of a lot of things and my head hurts of much thinking. you cant feel you are rested even you are just lying down your bed. but the good news about it is that you can do a lot of things to overcome insomnia, you just have to find what's best suits you.