Do You Lie in Bed for Hours, Unable to Sleep?
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders. People who suffer from insomnia have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, which can make it hard to function during the day. It can last for less than a week or become a chronic health problem. Insomnia affects approximately half of American adults at some point in their lives.
Do you have insomnia? Signs and symptoms of poor sleep health include:
- Trouble falling asleep.
- Restless sleep.
- Waking up too early in the morning.
- Feeling tired and un-refreshed when you wake up in the morning, even if you have slept a full night.
What causes insomnia?
Several factors can contribute to insomnia. Common causes include:
- Age-related changes, such as menopause
Other factors include:
- Drinking too much caffeine during the day
- Drinking alcohol before bedtime
- Excessive napping during the day
- Changes in surrounding and sleep schedule
- Jet lag
- Certain medications
- Pain and other symptoms from medical problems
Treatment for insomnia involves diagnosing and responding to any underlying medical or psychological problems that may be contributing to your poor sleep health. If that is the case insomnia may go away once the causes are dealt with. However, there are many cases in which other treatments are required. Those may include:
- Insomnia medications
- Behavioral techniques such as relaxation therapy and reconditioning, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, and cognitive therapy.