Insomnia – Why Can't I Fall Asleep?

Do you experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?   As a former sufferer of Insomnia, I know all about how it can affect your health and your life.

Did you know that Insomnia is the most common type of Sleep Disorder.  Perhaps you have difficulty in falling asleep or you may wake up too early or any of the combinations may occur.  It is a frequent complaint brought to health care providers and many of us experience it at various times in our lives.

WHY DO YOU HAVE INSOMNIA?

  • Insomnia is not a disease and no test can diagnose it; but when you can’t sleep well, it often has to do with some other cause.
  • Those who suffer are 40 times more likely to be depressed than ordinary sleepers and it is said to affect people who are divorced, widowed, or separated rather than those who are married.
  • For many the sleepless nights start after a sudden unexpected stress event such as a job loss or death in the family.  So yes, it is very common in psychological conditions such as depression or anxiety.
  • Insomnia can be a result of ‘heightened arousal’ due to the fear of not sleeping and being unable to function during the day. This sense of ‘arousal’ rather than a sense of ‘calm’ can prevent the usual brain system process which initiates and maintains sleep.  Once this pattern starts it can develop into a habit.
  • Generally speaking Insomnia is more common in women and older adults.  It is so common that about 33% of the general population experiences occasional Insomnia and about 10% are more chronic – meaning it can last more than three weeks.

ARE THERE COMPLICATIONS TO CHRONIC INSOMNIA?

  • Since Insomnia is a main culprit of depression, it can be a risk factor for other diseases.  If someone is depressed they may develop a pattern of not sleeping; which in turn can create further feelings of depression.
  • We all know that rest is critical to our body’s ability to maintain good health both physically and mentally, so it is important to get to the root of the problem and get help.

Stress most commonly triggers short-term or acute Insomnia and can deplete the immune system.

  • Insomnia can frequently interfere with interpersonal relationships or job performance.  Often this will lead the person to seek support from mental health and medical professionals.
  • If you do not address your Insomnia it may develop into a chronic condition which can last for months and years.

GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED

Getting proper rest is vital to maintaining your good health!

With short-term Insomnia the symptoms will usually fade with time once stress is reduced or when the triggering event(s) is over.  On the other hand, Chronic Insomnia is not a quick fix problem and shouldn’t be treated like one. The effects are very taxing on the body, so it is important to first recognize the problem; then take steps to get the necessary help.

The good news is there are Natural Solutions for your Insomnia. Understanding your condition and the underlying cause is the first step to a great nights sleep!