There’s no way around it, we absolutely need sleep. Your body needs adequate rest to recover from day to day life, to self-heal, as
well as recharge your system and reset its internal clock so that when you
wake up you feel rested and alert.
In other worse, sleep is the down-time our body and mind needs in order to
perform at its maximum potential.
For those suffering from insomnia, our internal clocks are suddenly altered
causing many different symptoms that affect everything from our family life to our careers.
Common symptoms include:
- Constant irriability
- Always feeling tired and fatigued
- Ongoing Migraines and headaches
- Loss of memory
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Waking up throughout the night repeatedly.
- Being able to sleep only with the consistent aid of medication
Different types of insomnia
Insomnia comes in many forms, including
“Transient Insomnia” which typically
lasts for only a few days to long-term, chronic insomnia that can last for a very
long time, even up to 6 months at a time!
Transient insomnia is usually brought on by depression, anxiety and ongoing
stress and is considered a type of “acute insomnia”, lasting a few days up to 4-
Chronic insomnia is when you simply cannot sleep for extended periods of
time (weeks or even months). Insomnia is considered to be chronic if it
continues for a period longer than a few days, or if it subsides for short periods
of time only to return repeatedly.
The definition of insomnia is:
“Prolonged and usually abnormal inability to obtain adequate
sleep called also agrypnia”
With chronic insomnia, the causes are often quite complex and may include
mental disorders, physical disorders or emotional trauma that has been left
With intermittent insomnia, it’s often caused by a temporary change in your
situation, such as stress, anxiety over an upcoming event such as a job
or college interviwe, but it can also be caused by
environment issues including temperature and lighting.
Common causes of insomnia
There are many different reasons why you may be suffering from insomnia
and in order to be able to eliminate and prevent it from continuing, you need to
first identify the reasons why you have it, and then take necessary action in
changing your environment or habits in order to get rid of it for good.
Here are the most common causes of insomnia:
Your “Body Clock” Being Out Of Tune
You’ve heard the term “your biological clock” and this refers to the cortisol
levels in our body constantly shifting from high to low as the environment
around us changes.
In order to maintain a healthy internal clock, we need to be on a consisent
schedule, where we sleep during the dark hours of the night and are awake
during the light hours of the day.
When we experience insomnia, the first noticeable disturbance is the damage
it causes to our internal clocks and we find ourselves fighting against the
natural sleep cycle, which is meant to give our minds and bodies a chance to
In order to combat insomnia due to a change in your internal clock, you need
re-adjust your sleeping schedule so that you are going to bed earlier and
getting up earlier each day.
An optimal sleep pattern involves 7-8 hours of sleep, with our sleep schedule
beginning at 10pm.
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