Contributed by: Rachana Arya
Sleep deprivation is a familiar situation for countless Indians. A good night’s sleep is an essential part of everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. After all, sleep is essential to rejuvenating our bodies and minds, replenishing energy levels, and maintaining and repairing the muscles, organs and other cells of the body.
For this reason, sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic lifestyle diseases, such as: diabetes, cholesterol, Kidney disease, High blood pressure and so on. Despite the fact that sleep is important, most of us neglect its importance.
Let’s examine some of the most frequently asked questions about insomnia and what treatment options are available.
FAQ # 1: What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that is widely used to describe any type of sleep problem. Insomnia can be related to a variety of symptoms, including difficulty falling asleep for a single night, difficulty staying asleep for a few weeks, or difficulty getting back to sleep for several months.
FAQ # 2: What are the symptoms of insomnia?
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Difficulty getting back to sleep
- Daytime impairment
- Not restful or poor sleep
FAQ # 3: What types of insomnia are there?
Insomnia can be either intermittent or a persistent, long-lasting problem. Insomnia is divided into two main types:
- Temporarily acute – usually takes less than three months
- Chronic- lasts three months or more
FAQ # 4: How common is insomnia?
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep-related problems. Various studies around the world have shown that the prevalence of insomnia among adults in India is up to 33%. This makes sleep a public health concern.
FAQ # 5: How much sleep do most people need?
Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, although the amount of sleep required for optimal function varies from person to person. The quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity. Frequent throwing and waking up is just as dangerous to health as not being able to fall asleep.
FAQ # 6: What are the causes of insomnia?
Many environmental, physiological, and psychological factors can contribute to the development of insomnia, including:
- Life Stressors including your career, irregular hours, financial problems
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Emotional disorders, such as depression and / or anxiety
- Chronic diseases like cancer
- Chronic pain due to arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other such conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as acidity, heartburn or other problems
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Certain medications
- Neurological diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease)
- Sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome)
FAQ # 7: Do women suffer from insomnia more often than men?
It is true that women are more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Sleep can be disrupted by pregnancy and hormonal changes. Sleep can also be affected by hormonal changes such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause.
FAQ # 8: What are the consequences of insomnia?
Not getting enough sleep at the right time can have serious and long-lasting consequences. These can include:
- It can cause tiredness, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
- It can also affect focus and judgment
- You can be irritated, worried, or sad
- As the day progresses, you may feel tired or weak
- Have trouble concentrating or remembering things
- It can lead to decreased coordination
- Sleep deprivation can lower libido in both men and women
- A sleepless night can be followed by puffy eyes, dark circles, and sallow skin
- It can increase your risk for lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and diabetes
FAQ No. 9: Is there a link between insomnia and depression?
In addition to being a symptom of a mental disorder, insomnia can be a cause. Many studies have shown that insomnia can have serious and harmful effects on the brain, making psychiatric disorders more likely.
FAQ No. 10: How can insomnia be diagnosed?
The most important piece of information in diagnosing insomnia is a review of your medical history, medication, and sleep history with your doctor. Your doctor can make an assessment based on your sleep history.
They may also order a blood test to rule out certain medical conditions, such as: Thyroid problems or anemia, which can adversely affect sleep. If your doctor suspects that your insomnia may be caused by sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, you may be referred to a sleep specialist.
FAQ # 11: Can Insomnia Be Treated?
Simple lifestyle changes in your daily habits can help prevent insomnia and promote sound sleep:
- Constant sleeping and waking times
- Regular physical activity
- Avoid or restrict naps
- Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol
- Stop smoking
- Avoid large meals before bed
- Make your bedroom comfortable for sleeping
- Create a relaxing sleep ritual such as listening to soft music, reading, meditating, etc.
FAQ # 12: What Ayurvedic Herbs Can Be Used For Insomnia?
The top 7 wonder herbs of Ayurveda that are very effective for insomnia are:
In conclusion, a lack of sleep can have a multitude of negative consequences in your life. After a long and exhausting day, it is important that you give your body the rest it needs and deserves! If you think your sleep cycle is unstable, see a doctor! Regular checkups can also help you get a complete picture of your overall health and take preventative measures if something goes wrong.
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