Insomnia

Friday, 13 July 2007

Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following:

Difficulty falling asleep

Waking up frequently during the night with difficulty Returning to sleep

Waking up too early in the morning

Un-Refreshing sleep

Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep.

Individuals vary normally in their need for, and their satisfaction with, sleep. Insomnia may cause problems during the day, such as tiredness, a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Insomnia can be classified as transient (short term) ,intermittent (on and off), and chronic (constant). Insomnia lasting from a single night to a few weeks is referred to as transient. If episodes of transient insomnia occur from time to time, the insomnia is said to be intermittent.

Insomnia is considered to be chronic if it occurs on most nights and lasts a month or more. WHAT CAUSES IT? Certain conditions seem to make individuals more likely to experience insomnia. Examples of these conditions include: High levels of Geopathic Stress Zones Aadvanced age (insomnia occurs more frequently in those over age 60) History of Depression If other conditions (such as stress, anxiety, a medical problem, or the use of certain medications) occur along with the above conditions, insomnia is more likely.

There are many causes of insomnia. Transient and intermittent insomnia generally occur in people who are temporarily experiencing one or more of the following:

Stress

Environmental noise

Extreme temperatures

Change in the surrounding environment

Sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag Medication side effects

Chronic insomnia is more complex and often results from a combination of factors, including underlying physical or mental disorders. One of the most common causes of chronic insomnia is depression. Other underlying causes include arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, Parkinsons disease, and hyperthyroidism. However, chronic insomnia may also be due to behavioral factors, including the misuse of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances; disrupted sleep/wake cycles as may occur with shift work or other nighttime activity schedules; and chronic stress.

In addition, the following behaviors have been shown to perpetuate insomnia in some people: Expecting to have difficulty sleeping and worrying about it Ingesting excessive amounts of caffeine Drinking alcohol before bedtime Smoking cigarettes before bedtime Excessive napping in the afternoon or evening Irregular or continually disrupted sleep/wake schedules. These behaviors may prolong existing insomnia, and they can also be responsible for causing the sleeping problem in the first place. Stopping these behaviors may eliminate the insomnia altogether.

WHO GETS INSOMNIA? Insomnia is found in males and females of all age groups, although it seems to be more common in females (especially after menopause) and in the elderly. The ability to sleep, rather than the need for sleep, appears to decrease with advancing age. Trying behavioral techniques to improve sleep, such as relaxation therapy, sleep restriction therapy, and reconditioning.

Relaxation Therapy. There are specific and effective techniques that can reduce or eliminate anxiety and body tension. As a result, the mind of a person is able to stop racing, the muscles can relax, and restful sleep can occur. It usually takes much practice to learn these techniques and to achieve effective relaxation.

Sleep Restriction. Some people suffering from insomnia spend too much time in bed unsuccessfully trying to sleep. They may benefit from a sleep restriction program that at first allows only a few hours of sleep during the night. Gradually the time is increased until a more normal night sleep is achieved.

Reconditioning. Another treatment that may help some people with insomnia is to recondition them to associate the bed and bedtime with sleep. For most people, this means not using their beds for any activities other than sleep and sex. As part of the reconditioning process, the person is usually advised to go to bed only when sleepy. If unable to fall asleep, the person is told to get up, stay up until sleepy, and then return to bed. Throughout this process, the person should avoid naps and wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. Eventually the body of the person will be conditioned to associate the bed and bedtime with sleep.

Comments

Why so many pyramids
written by Kumar , December 26, 2007

U used 10,000 pyramids in your place. It costs a lot to have so many. Even Rs. 15 per would mean Rs. 15,00,000.

How expensive is it for a flat of 2,000 sq.ft

Response from Premal Betai: You may require to contribute anywhere between Rs.2000 to Rs.5000 for a flat of 2000 square feet.

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