Do any of the following happen to you at night on a regular basis?
- Stare at the ceiling.
- Eyes glued to the time on the clock.
- Problems falling asleep and staying asleep.
- Wake up in the morning feeling fatigued and unrefreshed.
If this sounds like a description of you, it might be an indication that you suffer from insomnia. And you are not alone. Statistics from the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research located at the National Institutes of Health estimate that 30 to 40% of adults in the United States have insomnia each and every year with roughly 10 to 15% describing it as a chronic problem. According to Mark Mahowald, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, “Insomnia is part of the human condition. Everyone has it at some point.”
Nevertheless, it is rare for someone to have insomnia every night for months or years. It is much more likely that insomnia occurs for a few nights and then restful sleep follows before the difficulty in sleeping returns. In addition, insomnia occurs more frequently in older people and women. For women, the negative impact on quality sleep can be attributed to menopause, pregnancy and even menstruation.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall or stay asleep. An insomniac can take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and get considerably less than the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night for three or more consecutive nights. Often times, insomnia occurs as a symptom of other conditions or diseases, and some medications can also precipitate a restless night. However, insomnia can materialize on its own, especially if precipitated by worry, anxiety, depression and stress. If you are plagued by this sleep condition, it is important to find out whether or not there are other medical issues or medications that might be causing your lack of restful sleep.
Treating insomnia might be as easy as the implementation of simple lifestyle and behavior modifications.
- Learn to relax and de-stress with yoga and meditation.
- Create a bedroom haven that promotes sleep
- Establish a bedtime ritual or routine
If these steps do not lessen the incidence of sleepless nights, medication (natural remedies and prescription) might work as a short-term answer.
If you suspect you might have insomnia or other sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 to schedule a free consultation.