Sleep used to be literally holy to people in the ancient times. Nowadays , who could better understand this belief than those people who have to suffer from wakefulness night after long night?
Sleeping disorders belong to the most common ailments that people complain to their doctors about. Sleep disturbances, specifically insomnia, is the feeling of inadequate sleep because of one or more reasons. Insomnia is classified into three categories. The first one is initial insomnia, which includes trouble falling asleep. Middle insomnia is when you have difficulties remaining asleep throughout the night, and terminal insomnia refers to waking up too early.
Symptoms of insomnia include a reduced energy level, disorientation, irritability, fatigue and even posture changes. People with this disorder are usually unable to carry out everyday tasks because they are too tired from lack of sleep. This, in turn, keeps them from performing properly and efficiently in their jobs and even at home.
If you are not sure whether or not you are an insomniac, go over this checklist. If you are experiencing one or more of the items below, then you should see your doctor to help find a way to resolve your sleeping problem:
l You have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep and you have been experiencing this for at least a month now.
l Your lack of sleep negatively affects your social life, your job, and other important areas of functioning.
l The sleep disturbance is not directly linked to another mental disorder such as depression, anxiety disorders, or a parasomnia (sleepwalking, bed-wetting, etc.)
l Your being unable to sleep is not a result of taking substances such as medications, and does not result from drug abuse either.
One of the main causes of insomnia among adults is a stressful lifestyle. A taxing lifestyle is associated with inner tension and lack of phases of rest throughout the day. An insomniac usually just cannot let go of the events and problems that surround his or her waking hours. Another common reason for lack of sleep is emotional pressure that is triggered by conflicts in a person's relationship and in his or her workplace. Just the same, a person in this category cannot let go of issues affecting his or her daily life and therefore can't help but stay mentally alert and preoccupied when he or she should be sleeping instead.
The majority of sleeping disorder patients turn out to be having either physical or psychological problems that cause them to be unable to sleep at night. The list of physical illnesses is long, it could go from asthma to diabetes to hyperthyroidism to problems of blood circulation. The psychological disorder that results into insomnia, on the other hand, is most usually depression. In some cases though, sleeping disturbances can also to be a manifestation of a person's repressed and unprocessed fears and anxieties.
Once you feel that your lack of sleep is keeping you from functioning properly in your everyday tasks, go to your doctor and ask him about proper treatment of insomnia. Treatments don't always have to be medical, they can also be purely therapeutic (like talking to a psychiatrist), so consult an expert to see what options you have.