Insomnia (Sleepless Nights)
Insomnia: Putting It All TogetherWednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:13
Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to insomnia.
- Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which individuals experience poor sleep or have trouble sleeping.
- Poor sleep for any length of time can lead to mood disturbances, lack of motivation, decreased attention span, trouble with concentration, low levels of energy, and increased fatigue.
- Factors that increase a person's chances of developing insomnia include being female, being elderly, having certain medical conditions, taking certain medications, having had childhood fears, and having a lifestyle that includes frequent travel, smoking, or overuse of alcohol or caffeine.
- Insomnia has psychological causes (such as anxiety or depression), physical causes (such as illness or pain), and other causes (such as jet lag or environmental noise).
- The consequences of insomnia include impaired mental functioning, a higher risk for accidents, stress and depression, heart disease, and headaches.
- Treatment options for insomnia include physical and mental relaxation techniques, other techniques (such as yoga, massage, or meditation), and medications (over-the-counter or prescription).
- Prevention of sleeplessness is very much dependent on your ability to relax and learn techniques for sleeping well.