How Insomnia Affects Your Life And Some Ways to Stop it

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Having trouble falling and staying asleep? Feeling grumpy or snappy and having difficulty staying awake at school or work? According to healthcentral.com, you are not alone. An Estimated 150 million people have insomnia, which can create mood disorders, difficulty focusing during the day, and for some regular sufferers, they may even have trouble activating certain brain regions, including short term memory, as said by livescience.com.

Not having enough sleep can even lead to injury or death because of “drowsy driving,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation.

“Between 2005 and 2009 there was an estimated average of 83,000 crashes each year related to drowsy driving. This annual average includes almost 886 fatal crashes (2.5% of all fatal crashes), an estimated 37,000 injury crashes, and an estimated 45,000 property damage only crashes,” reported NHTSA in its online article published at  htsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving.

For insomniacs, identifying symptoms and causes can lead to possible solutions. While some sufferers may experience “Sleep Onset Insomnia,” tossing and turning for hours on end, others may experience “Sleep Maintenance Insomnia,” able to fall asleep but having difficulty staying asleep for an extended period of time.

Some may suffer from short term or long term insomnia, which may be due to daily stress, anxiety, and even depression. Treating these underlying conditions with the help of a professional, a medical doctor or therapist, can lead to better sleep. A way to find a psychiatrist is at psychologytoday.com.

Being tired is definitely the worst feeling. You get grumpy and snappy, which no one likes, and you start to fall asleep at work or school. Well, that’s the life of an Insomniac. Insomnia is a common problem that takes a toll on your mood, energy, and ability to function during the day, which can cause multiple problems with your health.

Insomnia also ranges from multiple categories, depending on the symptoms. There is short-term insomnia, and long-term insomnia. There are many ways to help cure insomnia, but usually, depending on your type of insomnia, the first step is to speak to a doctor. Insomnia can greatly affect your health and well being. Here is a website that can help you find a doctor if you absolutly need one webmd.com.

Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia.

Having difficulty sleeping can actually cause these symptoms to get worse. Medical problems or illnesses can also cause insomnia, such as asthma and allergies, as said by healthline.com.

Insomnia can also be caused by other sleep orders, including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and Circadian Rhythm Disorder as stated by helpguide.org.

Overworking our brains during the day, can make it hard to clear our heads at night and fall and stay asleep. With ever increasing access to technology, many of us are guilty of engaging in “Interrupting tasks” at bedtime, such as checking our phones and watches  for emails, texts, and social media. The brain gets so used to constantly seeking fresh simulation, that when it’s time to unwind at night, it’s still looking for the next information fix, as told by psychologytoday.com

To avoid this bad habit, eliminate the use of electronic screens at least one to two hours before bedtime.  Try to set a specific time for checking you phone, email, and social media earlier in the evening to avoid triggering and “awake” signal in your brain. (helpguide.org)

Practicing good sleep “hygiene” can also go a long way towards solving some sleep issues.

Seeking help from a professional and determining the underlying causes of insomnia can help lead to better sleep, better health, a better mood, and better relationships.