Causes and Solutions
Insomnia. is difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep.
It is the disturbance in quality and quantity of sleep that makes people feel as if they've had insufficient rest once they awaken.
It is not a disease or condition. Instead, it is a symptom.
It impacts all age groups. It is often more common in women than in men.
Poor sleep often leads to poor job and school performance.
It can also lead to depression, poor immunity, anxiety, poor reaction time, obesity, and an increased risk and severity for long term diseases.
Meditation, Breathing Techniques and other mindful techniques have been known to be of great benefit to our Health.
Many use these techniques when experiencing Insomnia.
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Insomnia is usually separated into three separate categories.
Transient - This occurs when symptoms last an average of a few days to a few weeks.
This is often seen when one experiences minor life changes such as changing diets while on vacation, or in anticipation of a new job, etc
Acute - This occurs when symptoms last for several weeks.
This can be seen when one is experiencing higher levels of stress such as financial shortfalls, effects from short-term medications, etc.
Chronic - This occurs when symptoms lasts for months and even years.
This stage is described by some as a condition in itself.
The physical and mental ramifications of sleeping difficulties can actually lead to other health problems which can be resolved by just sleeping, but these must be dealt with in a timely manner.
This is why Home Remedies for Sleep should be considered.
What are some causes?
·Drugs, and Medications: Stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, allergy medicine, decongestants, weight-loss medicine, etc.
Also, medications for heart or blood pressure, or certain anitbiotics such as, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin, Avelox, Noroxin, Floxin, can negatively impact your sleeping pattern.
·Disruptions in circadian rhythm such as jet lag, job shift changes, high altitudes, etc.
·Psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, mania, schizophrenia, etc.
·Medical conditions such as brain lesions or tumors, stroke, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart problems, acid-reflux disease (GERD), and breathing difficulties such as asthma, or emphysema, etc.
·Hormones such as estrogen, hormone shifts during menstruation, thyroid problems, menopause etc.
What is the treatment?
Treatment focuses on determining the cause of the sleeping difficulty.
Once identified, the underlying cause can be properly addressed and managed.
In addition to treating the underlying cause, both medical and behavioral treatments can be employed.
Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, have also been successfully used as a home based remedy for Insomnia.
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Keep in mind, that the ultimate solution lies with resolving the underlying cause.
Home remedies can certainly assist while you are resolving these other causes.
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