What is Insomnia?

So… “What is insomnia?”

Generally, Insomnia is when a person has difficulties with sleeping. We are mostly speaking about the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. For example, waking up too early in the morning than one desires may be considered Insomnia. Each different type of Insomnia can be extremely annoying and can affect the rest of your day negatively. This is due to the fact that having a terrible sleep leads to waking up feeling tired and not refreshed. Over a period of time people who suffer from insomnia tend to develop mood disorders. For example, insomniacs lack motivation, the inability to concentrate, lack of energy, and constantly being feeling exhausted.

Why is Insomnia bad for me?

People need adequate sleep in order to maintain a healthy and productive life. It is a well-known fact that people spend about 1/3 of their lifetimes sleeping. This may seem like a lot of time but this amount of sleep is required for a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. The brain really works some magic while a person is asleep. Without sleep, the brain begins to lose its ability to function properly.

While the amount of sleep that a person gets does not seem to be quite as important as the quality of sleep that they get, the two are still completely related.  Insomnia has a very grave effect over a period of time, both physical and psychological. Impaired mind functioning, accidents, anxiety and depression, stress, heart attacks, and headaches are common consequences of insomnia. Health can deteriorate as the person gets mentally and physically weaker, becomes more irritable, and develops a weakened immune system that can lead to all kinds of illness.

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Primary and Secondary Insomnia Explained & Types of Insomnia

There are various types of Insomnia and various causes as well. The Three Types of Insomnia are Transient, Acute & Chronic. Insomnia can also be broken up into primary and secondary. Primary insomnia means there is absolutely no medical, physical, or emotional reason for insomnia. Secondary insomnia means there is a reason for the insomnia is it medical, psychological or physical. Generally, secondary insomnia is treated by a physician and primary insomnia is treated with behavioral therapy.

The behavioral therapy often includes things such as sleep hygiene, progressive muscle relaxation, stimulus control, cognitive restructuring, and sleep restriction and scheduling. These have been very successful in treatment centers across the country.

A person should try to get relaxed before attempting to go to sleep. Reading a book, listening to binaural beats or anything relaxing is a great start when attempting to get some sleep. If find yourself laying for hours and have lost all interest in sleeping, get out of bed and do something else until you feel tired again. Laying there, tossing and turning is not going to do anything but make matters worse.