Do you want to get rid of insomnia?
Do you feel extremely exhausted where the days seem so long and anxiety has started to set in?
Are you reading this late at night just because you can’t sleep?
Or you’ve been desperately looking for answers on why you can’t fall or stay asleep all night?
If so, you are not alone…
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that today is Insomnia Awareness Day. Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a brief problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle.
How common is insomnia among adults? Here are the numbers:
• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months.
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months. (source)
You have tried sleeping pills, new pillows, mattresses, white noise, soothing sounds you name it– to no avail.
I know it can be frustrating but that is the least of your concerns. Lack of sleep has been linked to several diseases like depression, cardiovascular disease,Type II diabetes, weakened immune system, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, digestion issues, and the list goes on. Worry some right? It’s ok! I know that’s why you are here, and I am going to finally help you find ways to fall and stay asleep once and for all.
First, let’s dive into the reasons behind insomnia and what this monster is all about…
Let’s Learn About The Possible Reasons for Insomnia
Insomnia in its initial stages is not a chronic condition. Chronic insomnia conditions are serious when patients have been known not to sleep for days altogether. This will naturally need an experienced sleep disorder professional help in order to cure the underlying cause for insomnia.
Did you know that insomnia or sleeplessness is one of the most common sleep disorders found in living beings? Even birds and animals suffer from insomnia.
There are many factors that may contribute to those “White nights” when you just cannot drop off into those really necessary forty winks. That is when you spend your time watching the ceiling, overthinking, nibbling something or reading a book.
Heck, you even end up browsing the Internet for natural insomnia cures. I’m sure you’ve tried dozens of things to get rid of insomnia– to no avail…
Just remember that you need to sleep as much as you need to breathe and eat. While you’re sleeping, your body is busy tending to your physical and mental health and getting you ready for another day. In children and adolescents, hormones that promote growth are released during sleep. These hormones help build muscle mass, as well as make repairs to cells and tissues. Sleep is vital to development during puberty.
When you’re deprived of sleep, your brain can’t function properly, affecting your cognitive abilities and emotional state. If it continues long enough, it can lower your body’s defenses, putting you at risk of developing chronic illness. The more obvious signs of sleep deprivation are excessive sleepiness, yawning, and irritability.
Chronic sleep deprivation can interfere with balance, coordination, and decision-making abilities. You’re at risk falling asleep during the day, even if you fight it. Stimulants like caffeine are not able to override your body’s profound need for sleep. (source)
Insomnia can be caused due to stress and strain. Professional, personal, emotional, physical and mental worries can contribute to you undergoing a sleepless night. Such an occurrence happening once in a blue moon should not be a cause of worry. However, if you find you get much less than your eight hours recommended normal quota of sleep every night for more than five days running, it is time to see a doctor.
A change in lifestyle can also prevent you from sleeping.
Did you go to bed too soon after a heavy meal? Are your surroundings noisy? Is your bed lumpy and your mattress too soft or too hard? These are just some of the reasons why you may not find it easy to drop off to sleep the moment you get into your bed. You should be asleep within 7 to 10 minutes in a normal sleep routine cycle.
Understanding Why and How Insomnia Develops
In his article about One of the Most Common Causes of Insomnia, Dr. Mercola talks about a particular condition, which confirms what I have been discussing throughout the article. Let your mind rest and try to control those “unwanted thoughts”. But how do I do that you ask? Here is an excerpt from his article that I found quite interesting: