Do you struggle to sleep no matter how tired you are? Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that is characterized by difficultly falling and/or staying asleep. It can lead to daytime sleepiness, lethargy, and a general feeling of being unwell, both mentally and physically. Insomnia can be short-term or chronic (ongoing). Short-term insomnia is more common. Common causes include stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. It typically lasts for days or weeks. Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary. This means they are the symptom or side effect of some other problem, such as a variety of medical conditions, medicines, and other sleep disorders.
It affects women more often than men. You can get it at any age, but older adults are more likely to have it. You are also at higher risk of insomnia if you have a lot of stress, are depressed, work at night or have major shifts in your work hours. As well as travel long distances with time changes or have an inactive lifestyle. Hormones can also lead to insomnia.
- Wake up too early
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
Some ways to fight insomnia could be melatonin or valerian root. Essential oils such as cedar-wood, lavender, sandalwood, or roman chamomile would work best. Stick to a regular sleeping schedule. Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet, and avoid naps. Using relaxation techniques: Examples include meditation and muscle relaxation.
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