Insomnia – Know when and how to get help

Imagine having a real tough and exhausting day at work. By the time you come home, your bones are screaming from pain and your eyes are heavy from sleep. You enter your room and see your place of comfort, your ‘Bed.’ The minute you see it you’re filled with dread. Your bed is a reminder of how you are continuously failing to fall asleep at night. You spend hours tossing and turning, lying all curled up on your bed, thinking of how you can overcome this battle that everyone else takes for granted.

If you’re jealous of this sleeping potato then you, my friend, have insomnia.

Whether you are a home maker, student or someone who has a job, INSOMNIA takes a toll on your physical and mental health. It ranges from mild to moderate and then extreme.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

First of all, let’s discuss its signs and symptoms:

  • Having trouble falling asleep at night.
  • Staying awake throughout the night.
  • Waking up early.
  • Fatigue throughout the day due to lack of sleep.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Having trouble focusing and paying attention.
  • Irritability along with depression.
  • Anxiety due to lack of sleep.

Lack of sleep or ‘sleep deprivation’ leads to exhaustion and fatigue. All of this takes a toll on a person’s body. His/her physical and mental health is affected. The person affected wakes up feeling drowsy and tired.

Most factors that come into play in causing insomnia are usually caused due to a secondary factor such as an unhealthy lifestyle, medications or any other medical issue. It can be treated through medicines or with behavioral therapy. If your insomnia is caused due to an underlying medical condition, it will wear off as the condition is treated.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are a few things you can try at home to treat your insomnia (if it isn’t due to any medical issue).

  • If you are having trouble falling asleep, you should include exercising in your daily activities.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid caffeine at night.
  • Don’t go to bed on an empty stomach
  • Make your sleeping environment cozy and comfortable.
  • Try yoga and meditation.
  • Cut off any screen time whether it’s your phone or your TV. Make sure you go to bed when you are sleepy.

These are a few helpful things that you can include in your everyday routine before going to bed. However, if your condition is serious then don’t play around with your life. Book an appointment with your doctor and make your health a priority. Your life is precious.

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