Insomnia is defined as the failure to sleep even while you are weary, or it can also be a light, fitful slumber that leaves you exhausted the next day. People who have this sleep problem will normally experience fatigue during the day as a result of the insomnia and then probably will not be able to get to sleep at bedtime, regardless of how worn out they may be. If you suffer from sleep problems, you are aware of what a vicious cycle it is.
Doctors are not certain if insomnia is a indication of a different physical or emotional problem or if its actually a disorder by itself.
Common indicators of insomnia may include:-
The inability to to fall asleep quickly
Waking up too early and not having the ability to go back to sleep
Waking up several times per night
Tiredness during the day
Becoming easily irritated
Getting to to sleep only with the aid of sleeping aids
A number of insomniacs complain that theyre not able to get to sleep because their mind is racing, even when they are exhausted. I know Ive had countless nights were my brain seemed to be going a mile a minute and sleep wouldnt arrive no matter how tired I was. In such a fast-paced world we live in where most people are multi-tasking and we have long lists of incomplete to-do items, its not out of the ordinary to go to bed with thoughts of all those incomplete chores whirling around your head. Sadly, it is sometimes hard to force those thoughts away so you can rest for the night.
The toughest thing about insomnia is being worn out and needing to go to sleep but not being able to. Insomnia can go on for more than a few days; for those who have continual insomnia, you are probably extremely tired and struggling to function at your full potential while in your times of sleeplessness.
Even though insomnia usually is temporary it can last for different time periods for different people. Transient insomnia continues only for 2 or 3 days, while short-term translates to a few weeks and chronic insomnia can easily last for a month or longer (with at least 3 sleepless nights per week).
Chronic sufferers can be either primary or secondary. Primary means that the key complaint of the sufferer is the insomnia itself. Secondary signifies the sleeping disorder might be brought on by something else (medical or psychiatric conditions, emotional problems or drugs).
Some causes of secondary insomnia include:
Sleep Apnea: a sleep problem where you have difficulty breathing which often makes you awaken regularly throughout the night; sufferers of sleep apnea normally have persistent and loud snoring as well.
Restless Legs Syndrome: burning, itching, prickling or various unpleasant feelings in the legs, typically during the night time, can be a major reason for sleeplessness for individuals that are afflicted by RLS.
Night jobs: individuals who work the night shift often have trouble going to sleep during the day; I have a number of loved ones that work night shifts and they never sleep as well or as long as those with typical daytime shifts.
Health-related problems: several popular health concerns, including allergies, arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, ADD, and more, could cause sleeping disorders.
Alcohol and drugs: ironically, the alcoholic beverages and drugs that many people consume in an effort to help them sleep can in fact lead to insomnia.
Stress or other emotional issues: people who are under a lot of pressure or who may have other psychological problems may suffer from insomnia.
As you can see, insomnia can be the result of a number of factors and can be a consequence of health related problems. If youre having difficulty sleeping for more than a few nights you should make an appointment with your medical doctor to make certain there arent any underlying health problems causing your sleeplessness.