Ten Thought-stimulating Facts About Insomnia

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1. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders.
• It is characterized by sleeplessness or having trouble to sleep.
• Some people may experience a night of poor sleep occasionally but having bouts of brief sleep lasting beyond weeks might be a sign of insomnia.
• Repeated difficulty initiating sleep might be a sign of insomnia.

2. Affects every aspects of one’s life
• A good sleep is vital for optimal health.
• Sleep deprivation can cause you to experience a certain level of fatigue upon waking up and feel very sleepy during daytime.
• This affects logical and cognitive thinking (difficulty concentrating) and eventually your work performance and social interaction.

3. Insomnia is associated with depression.
• These two usually go hand in hand.
• Although some people with depression sleep too much, about 80 % of depressed individuals suffer from falling asleep.
• A person who is depressed tends to wake up too early and cannot sleep back again.

4. Insomnia is common on people with mental condition.
• Sleep disturbance is a collective symptoms associated with psychiatric illness.
• It is called psychophysiologic insomnia (seen in most psychotic and schizophrenic patients) which necessitates close monitoring, proper diagnosis and treatment to get the sleep they need.

5. Insomnia can be a struggle experience that may lasts for years.
• It is categorized into transient (one week), short term (may lasts for a month) and chronic insomnia (more than one month or if severe may take years).

6. Insomnia may cause disturbing physical effects.
• It can lead to physiological exhaustion and may cause weight loss
• This will result in blurry vision, nausea, may trigger hypertension and raise your body temperature.
• Worse effects include profuse sweating and shrinking of pupil.

7. Insomnia is strongly linked to obesity.
• Sleep duration and body mass index is nearly associated.
• The body naturally produces adipose tissue hormone that balances your appetite, this called leptin and ghrelin.
• Imbalance of these two hormones explains an increase in appetite with sleep deprivation.

8. Insomnia can unbelievably keep the whole family from sleeping.
• Fatal familial insomnia is a tragic sleep disorder that is within the entire household.
• It is caused by inheritance of an autosomal dominant gene that is extremely rare.
• It is a progressive worsening of sleep deprivation and may elicit panic attacks, paranoia, (even phobias) hallucinations and delirium.
• Advance stage of the disorder may cause the patient to become unresponsive and mute then death comes next.

9. Sleeping pills is not really for insomnia.
• Restless nights can be addressed with taking medicine to induce sleep and re-establish a regular sleep pattern.
• There are wide ranges of over-the-counter and prescription drugs (with a lot of side effects) in the market for the temporary relief (doesn’t last long) but not a cure to the main problem.
• These medicines are commonly sedative-hypnotics (Benzodiazepines) or tranquilizer which cause central nervous system depression and slows down body function.
• This is not quite advisable as it may promote either psychological or physical dependence and may promote rebound insomnia.

10. Insomnia can be treated and managed.
• Habit-forming practices can be included in your daily routine to help relieve sleeplessness.
• Lifestyle changes such as scheduling daily exercise, avoiding taking in of too much caffeine, winding down to relax before bed like reading a book, listening to soft music and taking a warm shower.
• Keeping a set of sleeping time every night and wake up time the same every morning.
• Making your room a sleep-friendly environment.

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