In this article I want to give you a brief over of insomnia and what it’s like to have insomnia. I also want look at what a normal sleep cycle is.
First off, we are all given the ability since birth to perform certain bodily functions. I’m talking about basic life functions such as eating, learning, standing,talking, walking, bodily elimination functions and of course sleeping. As newborns, we can sleep. Maybe not for very long at a time, but often throughout the day and night. But the point is that we are born with the knowledge and ability to sleep.
Sleep should be an innate ability that usually should not take much effort at all. I mean, how simple can it be to sleep? How hard can it be? You just close your eyes, relax and fall right to sleep. Right? Well in theory maybe, but you wouldn’t be here reading this if it were really all that simple. Sadly, for many, many people, sleeping just is not as easy as that.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million people suffer from insomnia. The inability to sleep affects approximately 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men.
Insomnia is a very frustrating malady that can literally drive some people to the brink of madness! It’s a serious problem. Years ago, there was a book written by Stephen King called, “Insomnia”. The title character is driven mad by his lack of ability to rest and get enough sleep. Then there was another movie “Fight Club” also dealt with a main character that had insomnia.
There are thousands of sleep clinics all over the country meant to help so many of us suffering from this disorder.
Why do we need sleep in the first place?
Sleep is meant to revive and refresh us. It prepares us to get ready to live for another day. When we are denied sleep, the effects can be devastating.
Famous author, F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” W.C. Fields said “The best cure for insomnia is a good night’s sleep”. Wouldn’t it be great if it were that easy?
There is hope if you suffer from Insomnia!
Overcoming insomnia is possible. That’s why we’ve created this blog to help people suffering from Insomnia. It’s not always easy. but it can be done. It can be done even without the need to go to a professional sleep clinic. But I do NOT want to rule out that option.
Inside the articles on this blog, we’ll explore insomnia in depth. We’ll look at the causes of Insomnia. We’ll look at various methods both natural and not so natural methods you can use to finally get a good night’s sleep!
What it’s like to have insomnia
“Insomnia is the sensation of daytime fatigue and impaired performance caused by insufficient sleep.” That’s a fancy way of saying you can’t sleep! In general, people with insomnia experience an inability to sleep even though they often are very tired. They experience a light, fitful sleep that leaves them fatigued upon awakening, or it causes them to wake up too soon.
It can be debated whether insomnia is always a symptom of some other physical or psychological condition or whether in some cases it is a primary disorder of its own.
Common symptoms of insomnia include:
- feeling tired during the day
- having frequent headaches
- lack of concentration
- waking up feeling tired and not refreshed
- sleeping better away from home
- taking longer than 30 or 40 minutes to fall asleep
- waking repeatedly during the night
- waking far too early and being unable to fall back asleep
- being able to sleep only with the aid of sleeping pills or alcohol
It’s not uncommon for an insomniac to complain about not being able to close their eyes or rest their minds for any period of time. I can certainly relate to that. I know full well what it’s like to have insomnia.
All too often in our stress-filled world, we are can be plagued with unfinished to-do lists in our heads. While we should be sleeping, our mind continues to push through those to-do lists and/or other problems. Instead what we SHOULD be doing, is getting more sleep.
Artistic types claim that they get their best ideas at night while lying in bed trying to sleep. One scholar even said that if a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia, he’d make a fortune! That may be true, but eventually, the lack of sleep will take its toll.
What makes insomnia so bad is the fact that we KNOW we need to sleep, but we’re just unable to. That compounds and grows in our minds, making the problem worse. The mind races and is unable to rest and that makes you overly tired and barely able to function the next day. Sometimes insomnia lasts longer than just a few nights
Insomnia, usually temporary, is often categorized by how long it lasts:
Transient insomnia lasts for a few days.
Short-term insomnia lasts for no more than three weeks.
Chronic insomnia occurs when the following characteristics are present:
- When a person has difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or has non-restorative sleep for at least three nights a week for one month or longer.
- In addition, the patient is distressed and believes that normal daily functioning is impaired because of sleep loss.
Chronic insomnia may also be primary or secondary, depending on the cause:
- Primary chronic insomnia occurs when it is the sole complaint of a patient.
- Secondary chronic insomnia is caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, drugs, or emotional or psychiatric disorders.
Some common types of secondary insomnia include:
- Sleep apnea. People who have difficulty breathing during sleep have this disorder. Persistent, loud snoring and frequent long pauses in breathing during sleep, followed by choking or gasping for breath are the main sighs of sleep apnea.
- Restless Legs Syndrome is a sleep disorder you might have if you feel unpleasant sensations (creeping, burning, itching, pulling or tugging) in the legs or feet. These feelings occurring mostly in the evening and at night. Moving the legs around tends to relieve the unpleasant sensation temporarily.
- Sleep-wake schedule or circadian rhythm disorders. People who work the night shift may suffer from this problem. These are sleep disorders caused by having sleep-wake schedules that do not match up with your natural sleep schedule.
- Insomnia due to medical conditions: Many common medical problems and the drugs that treat them can cause insomnia, including allergies, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or hyperthyroidism. Physical discomfort (e.g. chronic pain) may also cause problems sleeping.
- Insomnia due to substance use or withdrawal: Many drugs and medications can cause sleep disturbances, either while taking them or while withdrawing from them. Alcohol, stimulants, sedatives, and even long-term use of sleep medications can cause insomnia.
- Insomnia due to an emotional problem: Insomnia can be a symptom of a number of emotional difficulties. If you find that you worry excessively about numerous minor matters or if you have experienced sadness or a loss of interest in activities for a number of weeks consult your physician.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders
We could also define insomnia as the inability to sleep at conventional times. Here are some examples of circadian rhythm disorders.
Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome:. Delayed sleep-phase syndrome is the term for a circadian clock that runs late but reliably. People who have this condition (usually adolescents) fall asleep very late at night or in early morning hours, but then they sleep normally
Advanced Sleep Syndrome. This syndrome tends to develop in older people; it produces excessive sleepiness in the morning and undesired awakening early in the morning.
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