Three everyday disorders account for 75% of all restless nights. But they are all painless to identify and slove to make insomnia history.
You’re tired, you retire to bed but sleep will not come. If you suffer from insomnia you probably know specifically how this feels. Another sleepless night is one of the most frustrating experiences that we suffer.
You can fight back as finding out what causes your insomnia is fairly straightforward. To overcome insomnia, finding the root cause or source of the difficulty is the one thing you should address. If you work on the underlying problem it is easier to decide the most appropriate course of treatment and use some techniques that will help you finally get that night’s rest that you are entitled to. Sleeping problems are summarised by an inability to get a full night’s rest, and often has a negative effect on your waking life. This is because insomnia may severely affect one’s mood, energy and ability to function during the day. In fact, sleeping problems could even provoke other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Exactly, what causes sleep problems?
A restless night is simply the presenting problem of the underlying problem – the root cause, which gives rise to the sleep problems. This type of ‘psychologically’ based insomnia accounts for more than 80% of all insomnia cases. Physiological sleep problems are a condition all on its own and is rarely brought about by any other intrinsic factors. Common psychological causes are:
1) Anxiety – The apprehension of something in the future, fear causes a person feels tense, helpless, worried, afraid and uncertain. Anxiety can be due to social stresses, relationship problems, financial concerns and other causes.
2) Depression – The focus on bad aspects of life prompts feelings of sadness, discouragement and despair. Prolonged bad feelings cause a physical reaction which prompts nervousness and insomnia.
3) Stress – Triggered by the flight or fight response refers to how a person can cope with physical, social, economic and other factors that require a reaction or action which makes us fearful or tense.
What can we do to cure insomnia?
Despite the promises made in their advertising, it is best to avoid any kind of drug to get to sleep, that said if you are finding that your sleeplessness is lasting for a few nights in a row and you are dead on your feet, try a natural solution. Lavender, for example is known to prompt sleep, otherwise consider a talking-therapy style sleeping cure to help you relax. Either could bring on the sleep that refuses to come naturally.
Often the temptation is to stay in bed, but don’t, however tempting it might be to attempt to catch up on lost rest. In fact do the opposite as going to bed later is much more likely to have the desired result. Don’t think about sleep, do everything you can to occupy your mind as this prevents a small sleep problem developing into something more serious.