Insomnia IS NOT A DISEASE but it is a state of mind.
Insomnia is considered as a bio-psychological phenomenon. Due to chemical imbalances in your brain, you suffer from sleeplessness. It is actually a disorder in which a person is not able to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. Insomnia or sleeplessness is most often thought as both a sign and a system that can accompany several sleep, medical and psychiatric disorders categorized by a constant difficulty in falling asleep and or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. It is followed by functional impairment while awake.
Types of sleeplessness.
There are two of types of sleeplessness; primary and secondary sleeplessness.
- Primary sleeplessness is basically problems associated with sleep and it is not associated with any other health condition or body issues.
- Whereas, secondary sleeplessness means that a person is having sleep complications because of something else, such as a health condition (asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer or heartburn, any pain medication they are using or any substance they are taking like alcohol.
When you are insomniac you are not to do work properly at your job or at school. You have a slowed reaction time while driving and risks of accidents is higher. Moreover, you can have psychiatric problems, such as depression or an anxiety disorder. It can also lead to overweight or obesity, poor immune system function, increased risk and severity of long term diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Causes of insomnia
Some major causes of insomnia are, stress; concerns about work, health or family can cling to keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events such as death of any dear ones, divorce or any sort of tension can lead to insomnia. Also, depression, medications, poor sleeping habits, caffeine and nicotine and change in surroundings or work schedule can possibly cause insomnia.
How to avoid insomnia?
You can combat insomnia if you keep yourself active and do exercise regularly. Avoid or limit naps, nicotine and excess caffeine. Use your bed only for sleeping; do not just lie around if not tired.