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Tired Of Being Tired? What You Need To Know About Insomnia

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Do you experience difficulty falling or staying asleep? Do you awake
often during the night or have restless sleep? Do you wake too early, or
simply not feel refreshed in the morning? Assuming that there are not
other factors affecting your sleep (such as young children or other
health issues), these could be signs of insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the above symptoms. People
with insomnia typically suffer during the day from lack of sleep. Side
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Do you experience difficulty falling or staying asleep? Do you awake
often during the night or have restless sleep? Do you wake too early, or
simply not feel refreshed in the morning? Assuming that there are not
other factors affecting your sleep (such as young children or other
health issues), these could be signs of insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the above symptoms. People
with insomnia typically suffer during the day from lack of sleep. Side
effects from insomnia include fatigue, sleepiness, difficulty
concentrating, and irritability, all due to a lack of quality nighttime
sleep. Quality sleep is key--insomnia is characterized by the quality of
sleep more so than the number of hours a person sleeps. The optimal
number of hours of sleep a person needs each night varies from one person
to the next. But interrupted, poor quality sleep can make a person tired
and irritable, regardless of the total hours.

There are many types of insomnia. Essentially, insomnia is a symptom of
other issues. External factors, such as stress, may cause insomnia, as
can physical problems. People of all ages can suffer from insomnia, from
young children to older adults. Identifying the root cause is essential
for developing effective treatment options. Treatments for insomnia can
range from making environmental changes in one's daily life or sleeping
area, to the use of prescribed medications. When medications are
prescribed, it is usually for a short period of time.

A medical doctor or psychologist can determine if you have insomnia. The
treatment process will depend on each specific case. However, there are
things you can do on your own to help ensure a better night's rest.
** Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time throughout the week.
Many people change their sleep schedule on the weekends, but this can
make a sleep problem worse.

** Use your bed only for sleep and sexual intimacy. Avoid reading or
eating in bed, watching TV, or engaging in other activities. This will
help train your body to sleep when you go to bed.

** Avoid stimulants such as caffeine for four to six hours before going
to bed. Exercise can also act as a stimulant, so avoid exercising within
four hours of retiring for the night.

** Avoid going to bed hungry or over-full. Both conditions can make it
difficult to sleep.

** Try to change arrange your life so that external stressors are
limited. If you are worried about something, or a great deal of stress,
sleep may be difficult.

These are only a few suggestions. Sleep specialists are able to work with
you to determine specific causes of sleep disturbance. If there is
concern of a physical problem, undergoing a sleep study can determine if
you have apnea or other sleeping issues. Consult your regular physician
or make an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or visit a
sleep specialist. Sleep deprivation caused by insomnia can be problematic
in your daily life. Determining the cause of sleep problems and taking
necessary actions to correct the problems can make a significant impact
on your life.


				
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