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The negative effects of not being able to sleep, otherwise known as insomnia
Even though humans spend a third of their lives asleep, little is known as to why. Even with vast amounts of research, all scientists know for sure is that we cannot live without it. Sleep deprivation has a very profound effect on both physical and mental health
When you do not get enough sleep, the lack of energy can cause your work performance, health, and overall quality of life to be significantly diminished. This inability to fall or stay asleep is known as insomnia. It is an incredibly common health complaint.
The typical signs and symptoms of insomnia include the following:
At least one-third of all people (yes, even teenagers and children) experience insomnia from time to time, while there is a 10% to 15% of individuals experience chronic insomnia. What are the causes and the health consequences of this distressing condition?
Commonly, insomnia is the result of an underlying physiological problem. Many possible factors contribute to difficulty in sleeping:
A range of tests can help you to identify which of these issues may be causing your insomnia. A knowledgeable health care professional can assist you with these lab tests:
– Nutritional tests for vitamin and mineral deficiencies;
– Testing for thyroid problems and hormone imbalances;
– Neurotransmitter testing;
– Testing for intestinal microorganisms;
– Hair mineral analysis for toxic elements.
Discovering the cause(s) of your insomnia can help your health care provider better able to recommend a plan for treating and managing your insomnia.
There may be a greater risk for certain individuals for developing symptoms of insomnia. Due to hormonal fluctuations during menstruation and menopause, women are more likely to suffer from sleep problems. Over the age of 60, both men and women are likely to notice changes in their sleep patterns. Emotional disorders can also cause significant sleep issues, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. Finally, stress, night work, or having your shift change at work can disrupt sleep patterns as well.
If you suffer from insomnia, there can be serious health consequences. These can be both short-term and long-term.
Short Term Complications:
Long Term Complications
There is a high potential for long-term health-consequences if insomnia is left untreated. Thankfully, you can identify the root cause and develop and individualized plan for your sleep problems. When you do this, you can reverse the effects that will diminish your overall quality of life.
It is important to aim for the underlying causes of your insomnia. This can include exercise, detoxification, nutritional support with dietary sleep supplements, and relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises. If mood disorders are at the root of the problem, then cognitive therapy may be a good solution. If from a phase shift disorder, then light therapy may show results.
Here are some great sleep hygiene tips if you are having trouble falling and staying asleep:
While it is true that over-the-counter sleep medications may help you fall asleep initially, they will most likely reduce the quality of sleep and have unwanted side effects. It is best to avoid them if possible, especially since there is a chance you may become dependent on them.
But most importantly of all, it is best to not worry constantly about inability to sleep. The stress itself can keep you in perpetual cycle of insomnia.