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February 23, 2011

Important Things To Know About Insomnia

There are times in our life that we sometimes experience difficulty sleeping. A healthy sleep is essential to the human body and significant for the optimal functioning of the brain and other organs. Most people who experience difficulty sleeping and getting poor sleep might be suffering from a disorder commonly called insomnia.  There are three types of insomnia:

Transient or mild insomnia in this case a person may experience difficulty sleeping that last for a few days with no significant evidence of mood disturbances during the day.

A short term or moderate insomnia usually last for less than a month and display a mild mood disturbance together with feelings of irritability and fatigue.

Chronic or severe insomnia sleep difficulties that last for more than a month that severely spoil the normal functioning of a person during the day.  A person with this kind of insomnia feels restless, irritable, may also feel anxiety and fatigue.

There are several causes of insomnia these includes psychologicalphysical and temporary events or Factors. Anxiety falls under psychological cause in which a person feels increased tension, helpless, fear, worry and uncertainty.  Another psychological cause is stress, a factor that needs response or change. It is how a person cope with any physical, social and economic problems. The last one is depression, a mood disturbance associated with feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement.

Physical Cause includes hormonal changes in women, decreased melatonin, medical conditions, pain, genetics and other sleep disorder like sleep apnea. The third cause is temporary events or factors such as: Adjustment sleep disorder, a reaction to change or stress. A person working the night shifts or long shifts, jet lag, medications, overuse of caffeine and alcohol, environmental noise, extreme temperatures, or a change in person’s surrounding environment.

How is insomnia treated?  Many experts considered sleeping pills to be overused, dangerous and can lead to addiction, non medicine option is suggested. Some helpful ideas to combat insomnia are physical relaxation, mental relaxation. Other techniques to try includes yoga or meditation, exercise, reading while lying in a relax position, listening to good music, having a bath or shower before bed time, massage especially the neck, shoulder and leg muscles.

Insomnia can be a sign of an undiagnosed medical or psychological disorder. If you suspect to have this kind of disorder, do not take this for granted and untreated its best to see your doctor.

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