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The real deal on Insomnia! + You may have it and not know it.

insomnia324 The real deal on Insomnia! + You may have it and not know it. Do you know the real on insomnia?

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Insomnia means having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or having unrefreshing sleep. Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported health problems: about one in three people encounters insomnia symptoms in a given year. Approximately 10% of people have chronic insomnia. Women are affected more often than men, and increased rates of insomnia are reported by the elderly. Insomnia can be a symptom of another disease or condition, an effect of a medication or drug, as well as its own disorder.

Insomnia can be described in terms of both duration and severity.

  • Transient insomnia is associated with a temporary disturbance of your normal sleeping pattern — caused, perhaps, by travel or relocation — and usually lasts no more than several nights.
  • Short-term insomnia, lasting one to three weeks, can accompany worry or stress and typically disappears when the apparent cause is resolved.
  • Chronic insomnia lasts longer than three weeks and is usually related to another disease or condition.

What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia may be caused by physical illness, a stress-filled lifestyle, excessive caffeine consumption, or chronic pain. Or it may simply be the result of poor sleeping habits, such as napping during the day and going to bed at irregular hours. Insomnia is often linked to alcohol or drug abuse and to certain medications.

Psychological factors alone account for about half of all insomnias evaluated by sleep therapists. For example, stress brought on by situations like a troubled marriage, a chronically ill child, or an unrewarding job can disrupt sleep. Depression is one of the most common causes of insomnia, and people with anxiety, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders may also sleep poorly.

Certain physical illnesses interfere with sleep, especially disorders of the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and digestive system. Other physical causes include heartburn, chronic pain, and breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea. Insomnia often accompanies menopause, when sleep is disrupted by hot flashes or night sweats. Abnormal blood sugar levels can cause people suffering from diabetes to wake up during the night.

Your own habits and lifestyle may be disrupting your sleep pattern. Sedentary behavior and keeping an erratic schedule can contribute to insomnia, as can over consumption of caffeine and other stimulants, or alcohol and other depressants. Over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications — from some blood pressure and heart drugs to thyroid hormones — can interfere with sleep, as can the accidental or deliberate misuse of sleeping pills, to say nothing of illegal drugs.

Many other medical conditions disturb normal sleep patterns. Among them is restless leg syndrome (RLS). Sufferers describe an unpleasant, creepy-crawly sensation when they lie still, causing an irresistible urge to move their limbs, even during sleep.

Circadian rhythm disorders include jet lag and changing shift-work schedules. Airplane travel over several time zones disrupts the body’s biological clock, which may not adjust itself to the time change for several days. An irregular work schedule or changing from day work to a night shift can also cause insomnia until a person adjusts to the new sleep pattern — though some people never adjust completely. Bedroom factors such as temperature, humidity, noise, light, and stale air can cause insomnia or reduce the quality of sleep, even when they don’t actually keep you awake.
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