Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and/or the ability to remain asleep for an adequate length of time to achieve quality rest. The results of insomnia are tiredness and fatigue that can negatively affect daily life. The condition may be transient, acute, or chronic.
Who Is Affected?
It affects both sexes and all age groups. Approximately 30-40% of the people are affected by disturbed sleep patterns, and in the region of 10% suffer from chronic insomnia. Although it is more common in women (especially on onset of menopause) and older adults.
Illness, psychiatric disorders, and working night or rotating shifts, all represent significant risks. About 40% of insomniacs also suffer from an associated psychiatric disorder, notably depression and insomnia is considered a diagnostic symptom for depressive and anxiety disorders.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Difficulty falling asleep.
- Disturbed, fragmented sleep.
- Daytime fatigue and drowsiness.
- Difficulty coping.
What can you do?
- Cut down on caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, etc.).
- Warm (not too hot) bath in subdued light……….. candle light does the trick.
- Essential oil, such as lavender oil, in the bath water.
- Set a regular pattern for bed time during the working week.