For those of us who have experience insomnia, you will know just how frustrating it can be, and how it can really begin to take a toll on your life and how you function. Lack of sleep can leave us in a bad mood, unable to think properly and sometimes unable to function normally. Occasional sleepless nights aren’t the end of the world, but if you are unable to sleep on a regular basis you will know just how badly a lack of sleep can affect you. Many of us just try to carry on, without making any real efforts to ensure we sleep, but there are things you can do to make sure you finally get a good night sleep.
What Exactly Is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to sleep enough so you wake feeling refreshed and ready for the next day. Insomnia cannot be defined by missing a particular amount of sleep as we all need different levels of sleep to function. Insomnia is simply the feeling of being tired due to a lack of sleep.
Insomnia can either be a case of not being able to sleep at all, broken sleep or waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep.
A lack of sleep can cause stress leading to further problems sleeping; it can be a very difficult cycle to break.
What Are The Symptoms?
There are many symptoms of Insomnia; you may find you suffer from all of them, or just one-
- Being unable to fall asleep despite being tired
- Using sleeping pills in order to fall asleep
- Using alcohol to induce sleep
- Feeling tired during the day
- Problems concentrating
- Being unable to get back to sleep after waking in the night
- Frequently waking during the night
- Waking up early in the morning before you need to
What Causes Insomnia?
There are lots of reasons why you may not be sleeping well, ask yourself these questions to determine what is causing your lack of sleep-
- Are you upset or depressed in any way?
- Are you feeling stressed or worried about anything?
- Has anything happened recently to cause you great upset?
- Are you exposed to sunlight during the day?
There are also medical problems that can cause Insomnia and taking particular medications can cause sleep problems too-
- Psychological problems- Bipolar, chronic stress or anxiety and depression
- Medical Problems- Asthma, acid reflux, cancer and Parkinson’s.
- Medication- Cold and flu tablets, medication with caffeine in, thyroid medicine and antidepressants.
Can It Be Cured?
There are several options when it comes to curing Insomnia including receiving treatment and changing habits.
- Lifestyle changes- Get more exercise, spend more time in day light, set a regular sleep pattern, avoid screens and bright lights before sleep, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Treatments- If you are unable to treat your insomnia by making some changes now is the time to seek professional help. Hypnotherapy is known to cure insomnia for the long term. It is well known that hypnotherapy for phobia and insomnia has changed people’s lives. If this option is not for you seek medical advice from your doctor. This may mean that you have to rely on pills and tablets to sleep and it is best to avoid this is possible.
Eilidh MacRae works for Fix My Mind and would reccomend them for hynotherapy for insomnia.
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