Insomnia

It is said that good laugh and enough sleep can cure and heal anything but our generation is peculiar as well as unlucky as we do not laugh and do not have enough time to sleep.

Sweet Dreams: The Importance of Sleep [MHM] – BCS Logic

Sleep is an important part of your life and you should sleep according to your body needs. Like sleep until you feel fresh rather than measuring it and yes if you are content with 4 or 5 hours that is fine but according to researches more than 10 hours of sleep is harmful

Without it, your ability to function reduces greatly as a result your progress in life is drastically affected.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where you struggle falling asleep, night awakenings and your ability to work during the day time decreases.

It’s estimated that roughly 30% population suffers from insomnia according to National Health Institution.

It’s common among all age groups varying from teenagers to senior citizens.

Types

1. Chronic insomnia – Insomnia persists for more than 6 months or insomnia for 3 days in a week where you if you take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep and wake once for every hour is termed as chronic.

2. Transient insomnia – If you have the above-mentioned symptoms for less than 2 weeks then it’s transient

3. Intermittent – If you have repetitive transient insomnia then you come under this.

Causes

  1. Psychiatric illness
  2. Lung or Kidney diseases
  3. Thyroid problems
  4. Allergies such as asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, etc
  5. Cardiovascular diseases
  6. Menopause
  7. Drugs/ medicines  – Alcohol, caffeine, anti-depressants, High blood pressure controlling agents, steroids, asthma medications etc.
  8. Poor lifestyle
  9. Change in place or environment.

Consequences of  poor sleep

As a result of poor quality sleep, a person faces lots of struggles (physically and mentally)

  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Fail to perform daily activities
  • Extreme fatigue

Treatment

Drug therapy is preferred to be precise benzodiazepines are preferred but only for transient insomnia whereas chronic insomnia is treated by making changes in lifestyle.

Treating Chronic insomnia

Behavioral therapy which means educating you regarding habits you need to cultivate in order to get good sleep

It includes

  1. Using your bed only for sleep and  not using bed for other activities.
  2. Restricting yourself from day naps and sticking to bed while awake or not able to sleep.
  3. Addressing the thoughts that interfere with your sleep and learning various techniques to overcome those disturbing thoughts.
  4. Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, watching stress-relieving visuals etc.
  5. Limiting your caffeine, alcohol intake, keeping bedroom peaceful and dark, daily physical exercise.

You are not the only one suffering from such issues as well as you need not blame yourself so consult a psychiatrist and it is no way offensive or shameful to consult a doctor for your mental health issue.

LIMIT FOOD!   SLEEP ENOUGH!  LAUGH WITHIOUT LIMITS!  SPREAD TONNES OF HAPPINESS

BE STRONG  AND YOU CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING.

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