Insomnia Relief – If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia, you know how debilitating it can be. It’s a horrible feeling that seems to keep you trapped in between sleep and awake.
Since you can never get any long-term rest, you never get to fully recharge your batteries. This can have disastrous effects on almost all aspects of your life.
According to the US Department of Health and Social Services about 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia. It was also noted that out of the 64 million sufferers that women were 1.4 times more likely to develop insomnia over the course of their lifetime.
In this report, we’re going to talk about what insomnia is, what some of its causes are and effective ways to treat it so that you can get back to getting the rest that you need to function in daily life.
By the time you’re done reading this, you should have a much better understanding of this condition and determine the steps that you can take to overcome it.
To be able to treat any kind of condition such as insomnia, one must first have a clear understanding of it. You’ll need to examine its causes and how it affects the body. So let’s start with what insomnia is.
Insomnia isn’t just tossing and turning before you go to sleep. It isn’t something that happens just on occasion, as we’re all prone to having a lot on our minds and not being able to sleep from time to time.
Insomnia is the inability to get any quality sleep for more than a few hours that lasts for extended periods of time. This lack of sleep causes physical and mental fatigue throughout the day and makes functioning on many levels difficult.
Here are some basic symptoms of insomnia:
Migraines and headaches
Inability to stay focused or concentrate
Waking up several times throughout the evening
Being able to sleep only with the aid of medication
Always feeling tired
Loss of memory
While there are varying degrees of insomnia and how bad one might have it, there are three distinguishable types of insomnia that can be identified.
Transient insomnia last from days to weeks. It can be caused by depression, changes in your sleep environment, another disorder or stress.
Acute insomnia is the inability to get any meaningful rest for between three weeks and six months.
Chronic insomnia is typically ongoing, lasting for years.
Chronic insomnia is often the result of another condition, although it’s just as likely that insomnia is the primary condition.
People who suffer from chronic fatigue have been known to show increased alertness. Others have reported that during these times of not being able to sleep at night, their creative abilities increase and they can come up with the most amazing ideas.
Unfortunately, since they’re never able to get the rest they need to be able to function, they usually lack the ability to carry through with any of these ideas and therefore they never come to fruition.
It’s important to be able to identify what type of insomnia you suffer from so that you can target some of the causes and work toward getting the treatment that you need to beat this condition.
Insomnia also has certain patterns that it follows. For example, some people are unable to fall asleep when they first lay down at night. This is known as onset insomnia.
Middle of the Night Insomnia is exactly what it sounds like. It’s characterized by waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep, or waking up too early in the morning.
Although scientists have tried to determine exactly what happens to the body when we sleep, we do know that our bodies needs sleep. We know that it heals and restores our bodies and resets our internal clocks.
Those who suffer from insomnia have their internal clocks all messed up.
We know that we need rest. Our bodies tell us that, but our minds just won’t let it happen.
Cortisol is the chemical in our bodies that tell the brain when it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep. This chemical typically follows a 24 hour cycle, causing us to wake in the morning hours and to begin to wind down in the evening.
Basically, our bodies have cortisol running through us during the day and that’s what keeps us active, alert and creative. As the day wears on and the cortisol levels start to drop, we experience this slowing down of the body as we prepare for sleep.
Typically the human body experiences its lowest cortisol levels about 3 ½ hours after the sun goes down as our bodies prepare to heal themselves. This schedule is how our bodies naturally try to operate, and when they’re unable to do so, it puts us at odds with our bodies.
For those who suffer from insomnia, they’re always fighting against this internal clock and going against their natural sleep patterns. This is the reason that sufferers are easily confused, unable to focus and stay irritable. Our bodies are out of balance.
Optimal sleep patterns last for seven to eight hours and typically begin around 10 PM. It has been scientifically discovered that when we sleep our bodies strengthen their immune systems and regenerate cells and tissues in our organs.
This process typically lasts for about five hours. This is where insomnia sufferers have the problem. It’s well known that the body needs at least four hours of solid sleep to get the recharge that it needs. If you’re unable to maintain sleep for that period of time, then you’re simply unable to receive the necessary benefits of sleep.
As a sufferer of insomnia, I can remember how it was when I was in bad shape and not getting sleep for weeks on end. Nobody wanted to be around me because I was so irritable all the time. I couldn’t focus on work because my mind was just too scrambled.
I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I also knew that laying there was going to do me no good either…I wouldn’t be able to sleep. It was just awful.
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