Sleeplessness, or the condition which is medically called insomnia, is a sleep disorder that might have many underlying causes and that interferes with the normal life of the person experiencing it since, when one does not get at least 6 hours of sleep, his/her energy levels are quite low during the day and his/her performances in many activities are affected in a negative way.
The people who deal with insomnia have a problems to fall asleep, they stay for a long time in their beds trying to get asleep and when they finally get asleep, their sleep is not of good quality since it is usually disturbed by nightmares, which is why also wake earlier before they intended. Insomnia is not when we occasionally cannot fall sleep, but when this condition repeats over three times just in a week, and when it prolongs and lasts for more than a month.
Symptoms and causes of sleeplessness
When one spends a night tormented by sleeplessness, he/she has to tolerate several symptoms throughout the following day like fatigue, exhaustion, tiredness, muscle weakness and sleepiness during the whole day. Furthermore, irritability, anger, depression, anxiety and headaches are also quite likely to appear in people who suffer from insomnia.
There are several physical factors that contribute to the occurrence of insomnia, such as urinary tract infection, since it urges the person suffering from it to go often to the toilet, especially at night. Furthermore, cancer, diabetes, overactive thyroid and Parkinson’s disease are the medical conditions that may be some of the possible culprits for the incidence of sleeplessness. Other health issues responsible for insomnia include GERD, arthritis, stroke and lung disease.
The most common emotional factors that cause insomnia are stress, depression and anxiety. Poor sleep habits, unhealthy diet and certain medicines, as well as excessive consumption of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol may also induce insomnia in some people.
Remedies for sleeplessness
Sleeplessness is effectively cured when the underling factor that causes it is eliminated. Furthermore, there are certain techniques for achieving a good quality sleep, like partial deprivation of sleep technique where the person is allowed only to sleep for a short time so that he/she is made so tired the following night that the sleep is slightly improved.
Another method to treat sleeplessness is called stimulus control, which means that the person suffering from insomnia should make his/her bedroom so comfortable for sleeping without lights, TV and noise. However, when one is not able to fall asleep spontaneously, then the doctor will prescribe certain medicines that promote sleeping.