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Insomnia – 60,000,000 US Suffer From This Disorder A Year.

Posted By: Ricardo Henri on September 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

Introduction

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by continual difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep in spite of the opportunity. Insomniacs have been known to complain about being unable to close their eyes or “rest their mind” for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s happens frequently after the loss of a loved one, even years or decades after the loss, if they have not gone through the grieving process.

Insomnia can be caused by: Psychoactive medicines or stimulants, including certain medication, herbs, caffeine, cocaine, ephedrine, amphetamines, methylphenidate, MDMA, methamphetamine and modafinil. Hormone shifts such as those that precede menstruation and those during menopause. Psychological troubles like fear, stress, anxiety, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, unsatisfactory sex life. Mental Disorders like clinical depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder. Disturbances of the circadian rhythm, such as shift work and jet lag can create an inability to sleep at some times of the day and excessive sleepiness at other times of the day. Insomnia may be a symptom of magnesium deficiency, or low magnesium levels.

History

History of these individuals frequently shows excessive daily worries about not being able to go to sleep, evidence of trying too hard to sleep with apprehension if unable to fall asleep, an ability to fall asleep during monotonous pursuits (like watching Television or reading) and in inappropriate situations (at a lecture or while driving) but not when desired, improvement of sleep in unusual sleep environments, and increased agitation and muscle tension before going to bed. The best way to find the reason for insomnia is by careful history taking.

Symptoms

Chronic insomnia means having symptoms at least 3 nights per week for greater than a month. If so, you may find developing a nighttime routine or ritual prior to going to bed helpful for overcoming the signs and symptoms. If however, you find that it continues night after night, be sure you call your health care professional to set up an appointment to go over your symptoms.

Sleep history: Determining the timing of insomnia, the persons sleep habits (commonly referred to as sleep hygiene), and signs of sleep disorders associated with insomnia is important. Patients should be asked about signs of other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (eg, snoring, witnessed apneas, gasping) and restless leg syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder (ie, restless feeling in legs on lying down, which improves with movement; rhythmic kicking through out the night; very messy sheets in the morning). Neurologic testing may be required in people exhibiting signs and symptoms of neurologic disease.

Treatment

Treatment includes: Diagnosing and treating any medical conditions or mental health problems. When people think of treatment they usually think of sleeping pills, but there are actually non-medical therapy that have not only been proven to be effective, but are possibly even better in the long term than sleeping pills.

Melatonin has proved effective for some insomniacs in controlling the sleep/waking cycle, but lacks definitive data regarding efficacy in the treatment of insomnia. Treatment with oxygen may improve but rarely cures the problem. Cannabis has also been suggested as a very effective therapy. Traditional Chinese medicine has included treatment for insomnia. Your health care professional will work with you to create goals for treatment that include headache and prevention.

Conclusion

Insomnia is too little or poor-quality sleep created by one or more of the following: Trouble going to sleep, Waking up a lot during the night with trouble going back to sleep, Waking up too early in the morning, Having un-restful sleep (not feeling well rested), even after sleeping 7 to 8 hours at night, It can also cause problems throughout the day, such as excessive sleepiness, fatigue, trouble thinking clearly or staying focused, or feeling depressed or irritable.

It can be short term lasting from a single night to a several weeks. It can be mild to severe depending on how frequently it occurs and for how long. One of the more common sleep problems faced by male, female and children alike. Insomniacs complain of impaired ability to focus, poor memory, difficulty coping with minor irritations, and diminished ability to enjoy family and social relationships. Because it is not a disease, no test can diagnose it.The Department of Health and Human Services says approximately 60,000,000 Americans suffer from this sleep disorder each year. If you think you have insomnia, speak to your MD

Ricardo Henri is the creator of Natural Remedies,Treatments And Cures,a site with vast information about caring for your own health without depending on medications and needless surgery. Subscribe to his monthly newsletter @ quick natural remedies or quick natural cures

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