Treatment for Insomnia and Sleeplessness
The Underlying Causes of Sleeplessness:
Insomnia and sleep deprivation has become a prominent affliction in todayâ€™s society.
Many people who struggle with restorative sleep have some factors surrounding their need for sleep assistance.
The workplace affects many, where high stress comes as part of the parcel â€“ tight budgets, timelines and increased workloads. For others,Â sleeplessness originates from the unsuccessful management of work/life balance and the number of roles and responsibilities we carry from home and children, finances and relationships. Expectations from others and those demandsÂ we place upon ourselves create anxieties and fears that keep us awake at night, unable to fall asleep, stay asleep or receive the adequate quality of sleep we need to recover efficiently. We rise in the morning with fatigue and develop a need to consume products that stimulate our brain to keep up with the ever-growing list of responsibilities such as sugar and caffeine. These stimulating compounds can ultimately lead to further unrest in the evenings â€“ night after night.
Sleeplessness is often due to an underlying Sleep Disorder.
Insomnia is identified as a sleep disorder where there is a difficulty in falling asleep and remaining asleep. By experiencing chronic sleeplessness, youÂ prevent theÂ necessary maintenance and repair that occurs during sleep. This repair and regeneration are crucial for both your mind and body to operate the next day efficiently. Not getting into a state of deep sleep, the restless insomniac may only be able to sleep an hour or two, never feeling fully rested. The resulting sleeplessness creates a functional impairment that extends into the waking hours when one is expected to work, engage and interact with others professionally and personally. Mobility and cognitively – everything suffers a dramatic shutdown. Easy tasks become difficult; accidents are more likely to occur and miscommunications cause further depression, anxiety and heightened emotionalÂ disturbances.
Sleep Anxiety and Sleeping Pills
Insomnia can be a short-term or a long-term problem, depending on the reasons for sleeplessness. Those experiencing insomnia due to trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and external stress, often resort to obtaining sleeping pills as a short term fix. They take the recommended dosage – find themselves happily in slumber and all is good. The following night, they lay awake wondering if it is possible for them to sleep again, but without a pill to assist. Some will fall asleep quite readily. Others will still be in the clutches of their life stressors, unable to shut down mentally. Restless and fearful of becoming sleep deprived as they had been before, and with so much to lose if they don’t get a good night’s rest, they experience a condition called Sleep Anxiety. Whether or not this person could have fallen asleep on their own is no longer a concern, for the sleep anxiety is now definitely keeping the insomniac awake. They reach for a sleeping pill to take away the fear and fall into the deep rest they so desire. The pattern continues. The troubled mind may find sleeping pills a much easier alternative to lying awake in worry. However, sleeping pills are only meant for short-term use. In due time, their effects wear off. Habitual use of sleeping pills creates a tolerance requiring an increase in dosage to gain the same initial effect. Sleeping pills are addictive and cannot be used as a long-term insomnia treatment. Getting to the source of the issue will require one to identify the underlying cause of sleep loss, make the necessary adjustments, seek counselling or psychotherapy and obtain a more natural solution.
If your sleep has been hindered and is considered consistent with your lifestyle, you will without a doubt find no sleep assistance with herbal remedies. You have most likely tried the age old remedies which include an increase in exercise, meditation and removal of stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes. Medications for sleep, though proven as effective are only to be used as a temporary fix and have the propensity for abuse. Those with a valid issue regarding sleep will be open to other more permanent fixes.
Our Hormones and Sleep
Lack of sleep means we suffer and to what extent, many are unaware. Losing sleep is far more problematic than we realise. Not only does it take a toll on our mental faculties and executive functioning but sleeplessness contributes to weight gain and premature ageing. This is because during sleep there is an increase in the release of growth hormone, which stimulates cell reproduction and regeneration. The highest pulses of GH occur when we are in deep sleep during the night. Therefore, sleeplessness attributes to us missing out on all that proper cell regeneration and maintenance which can cause premature ageing. Another interesting fact is insomniaÂ increases our fat stores due to the decrease of leptin hormoneÂ released and an increase in the release ofÂ ghrelin hormone. Alterations to these two hormones due to sleep deprivation causes the sensation of hunger and encourage people to seek out extra calories. Almost instinctually (but most likely hormonally) we find ourselves standing at the open fridge reaching for the milk. A reach for â€¦.. hormones to help you sleep? Â The jury is out on cows milkâ€¦â€¦ Not all hormones are bad. Not all hormones are good. Â It pays to do your research.
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