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Insomnia: definition, risk groups, HOW TO GET IT TREATED !!

Saturday, 3 July 2010


Hello to all readers, please read it till the end
i would like to talk today about "insomnia", which is a common problem that everyone may have experienced during his/her life.


By definition, insomnia is difficulty in sleeping that can be due to either:
1. Difficulty falling asleep
2. Waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep
3. Waking up too early in the morning
4. Unrefreshing sleep


If you have one of the above, then you have insomnia


Factors that make you more likely to get insomnia:
1. Women are more likely to experience insomnia more than men 
2. Advanced age
3. Medical or psychiatric illness (as depression)

What causes insomnia ?
1. Stress
2. Environmental noise
3. Extreme temperatures
4. Change in the surrounding environment 
5. Sleep / wake schedule problems 
6. Medications (may cause insomnia as a side effect)

 
So what is the treatment for it ?
Drugs that contain anti-histamine are present over the counter. Besides there are sleeping pills that will help relief insomnia
However i recommend you read the following advices before rushing to the medications. 

Let's go:
1. Don't have caffeine drinks in the evening
2. Don't go to bed unless you feel sleepy
3. When on bed, if you didn't sleep in 15 minutes then get out of the bedroom and don't return unless you are sleepy
4. Avoid any behaviour in the bed or bedroom other than sleep or sexual activity
5. Establish a fixed wake time and eliminate the time u spend in bed without sleeping
6. Don't take your problems to bed
7. Avoid naps
8. Avoid clock watching in bed as this will lead to frustration and anger that will interfere with sleep



5 comments

  1. Thank you for this. I go to bed at 11 p.m. Fall asleep quickly, and get up around 6 a.m.....sometimes later, sometimes earlier. I'm glad I have good sleep habits. My husband, on the other hand, is sleeping upwards of 16 hours a day, assuming you count from midnight to midnight. I know this is way too much, but he will not talk to his doctor about it. He thinks there is nothing wrong!!

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  2. You welcome. iam glad you are having a healthy sleep. Try telling him about the benefits and how do you feel when having healthy sleeping habits

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  3. This is a very helpful information. Thank you.
    Well, I am having a disturbed sleep. If I get up in the middle of the night, I do not fall asleep soon enough / never. When this happens, my eyes will be heavy thus closed, however, my brains will be wide awake. Sometimes I start getting frustrated inside 'coz of this feeling. I would like to find a cure to this without getting addicted to sleeping pills. I never had this issue before, it’s been a month or two I am facing this!

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  4. Thank you. Please try doing the above advices and see if it improves the sleeping problem

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  5. I am having problem in sleeping.Can anyone suggest me for any solution??

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