Sleep Education – Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition in which the sufferer has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or both. The lack of sleep can create issues in the sufferer’s daily life. If insomnia lasts longer than a few weeks and you feel excessively tired during the day, it’s advisable to see a trained professional to evaluate and treat your insomnia.

The causes of insomnia are varied. In general , the most common causes fall into one of the categories listed in the paragraphs below.

Common Causes of Insomnia

Seeing a sleep professional can be helpful in determining exactly why you’re having sleep issues and how treatment might be addressed in your particular case.

It’s important to remember that with insomnia, the most important diagnostic tool will be the information you give to your doctor. Your medical history and family history will be reviewed, as well as pertinent information on your symptoms. It’s advisable to keep a sleep diary; record symptom details such as how often they occur, what else occurs at the same time, what helps symptoms, what makes them worse, and what methods of treatment have you tried and did these work. Also, record your particular sleep habits, including bedtime, time to rise, how long it takes to fall asleep, what your pre-bedtime routine looks like, and any other pertinent details that may help or hinder your sleep ability.

Treatment

Treatment of insomnia can come in many facets. Medication may be needed at times, especially at first, to help you sleep better. However, the most beneficial effects often come from healthy lifestyle changes. While the commitment to these changes might seem overwhelming in the beginning, if you are able to stick with it, they will pay off.

Some of the most useful lifestyle adjustments include:

Reference: National Sleep Foundation

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Suffering From Insomnia?

Treatment of insomnia can come in many facets. The most beneficial effects often come from healthy lifestyle changes.

One tip is to avoid highly stimulating activity right before bed such as TV, video games and use of the computer.

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Learn Relaxation Techniques

Cultivate a sleep-conducive environment where you’re relaxed and comfortable.

Learn relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation.