17 May 2016
Insomnia is, as you probably know, a sleeping disorder which renders you unable to sleep well, you either can’t fall asleep or you keep waking up all night. Insomnia is, in many cases, a symptom rather than a medical condition. I say, in many cases, because the chronic insomnia is a sleeping disorder that damages the body without any other condition you may suffer.
The only classification of insomnia is done based on its duration, and some people don’t agree with this. With this kind of classification, we have three types of insomnia – transient insomnia (it lasts up to a week), short-term insomnia (may last between one and three weeks) and chronic insomnia (insomnia that last a minimum of three weeks).
What keeps us awake in night?
Triggers or causes of insomnia differ, as there are some triggers for only short-term and transient insomnia and on the other hand there are causes of chronic insomnia.
Triggers for first two types of insomnia are rather common changes that occur in our life (in some cases those aren’t even changes, just events), and they include, among the others, jet lag, shift work, drug and alcohol withdrawal, stressful situations and so on.
Causes for chronic insomnia go deeper into the psyche, and they represent the state of the mind. For example, two most common triggers for this type of insomnia are anxiety and depression. Both of these emotional states can be connected to stress, so we can easily conclude that the stress is one trigger for insomnia.
Stress can cause all types of insomnia. Stress that goes with the work, it exists at one moment and disappears at another, as well as other forms of stress that occasionally occur, cause short amnesia. Being under a constant stress which doesn’t go away will trigger chronic insomnia.
Signs of oncoming sleepless night
Symptoms of this sleeping disorder are divided into two groups, nighttime and daytime symptoms.
Nighttime symptoms include difficulty in falling asleep and waking up constancy. Many people fail to see these things as insomnia symptoms and, due to that, they fail to go to the hospital.
Daytime symptoms are what makes people go to the hospital and seek help. They may be recognized as difficulty with remembering, irritability, failure to follow proper social interaction, loss of concentration and poor focus.
Sleep nicely and defeat Insomnia
Once the cause of the insomnia is removed, insomnia will go away as well. This is a case of transient and short-term insomnia and you have no reason to go and seek medical attention. But when it comes to chronic insomnia, the problems can’t be easily removed. They are deeply rooted in the psyche and only with regular therapy they can be suppressed or, in some cases, completely removed.
This takes time, and if a person has to go through therapy, they may be given some medication that will help them sleep. In the end, it all depends on the patient. The treatment of insomnia must be tailored for every patient, and only through proper therapy and force of will, the desired results can be obtained.