All people need a different amount of sleep. Someone can get a great sleep in hours, and someone will be tired and overwhelmed after 8 hours of sleep. All this is very individual and directly depends on habits, age, health and many other factors. It is best to sleep the amount of time that you specifically need in order to regain your strength and feel rested. Sleep helps to restore the functioning of the body, the central nervous system, and also weaken the sensitivity of the sensory organs. However, some people struggle to fall asleep despite the desire for sleep and feeling tired. In this case, we are talking about chronic insomnia.
Insomnia can be said if a person cannot fall asleep for a long time, wakes up earlier than planned, sleep disappears altogether or its quality deteriorates. If the situation repeats every night and no changes occur, then you need to see a doctor. As a rule, people suffering from insomnia complain of drowsiness, feeling unwell during the day, decreased attention, memory and concentration. In the evening, insomnia does not allow them to fall asleep, and sometimes even a feeling of fear appears. This forces people to use drugs and sometimes alcohol. This condition cannot be ignored and it is imperative to seek medical help.
Insomnia is often a reflection of physical or psychological problems. Thus, insomnia can occur against the background of emotional disturbances, neuroses, stress, psychosis, depression, etc. In addition, insomnia can be caused by pain, coughing, and certain diseases.
Another common cause of insomnia is involuntary sleep disturbance. For example, if you started working at night or began to frequent nightclubs. Even minor reasons such as eating before bed, smoking, noise or bright lights can cause insomnia.
If these symptoms persist for more than one month, then we can say that you suffer from chronic insomnia. This can lead to problems such as twitching of the limbs, somnambulism, heart rhythm disturbances, and feelings of fear and anxiety throughout the day. Chronic insomnia can only be treated by a specialist who will select the right treatment for you. In addition, the doctor will help establish the causes of insomnia, and this, of course, will help you choose an adequate and correct treatment. Recently, more and more often resort to non-drug methods of treating this ailment. Examples include yoga, meditation, hypnosis, and aromatherapy. However, even before proceeding with these seemingly harmless methods, a doctor’s consultation is needed.
Chronic insomnia undoubtedly ruins the life of any person. Many are trying to get rid of the disease on their own with the help of sleeping pills. However, the uncontrolled use of such drugs is extremely dangerous. While taking sleeping pills, the brain slows down, after which it returns to normal. The next doses of sleeping pills should be even higher. Thus, the brain does not have time to rest at all, and this is extremely dangerous for human life and health.
When trying to improve sleep, you need to first understand the daily routine. Before going to bed, try to relax as much as possible: do what you love, listen to calm music, walk in the fresh air, read, take a bath. Don’t forget that your bed is for sleeping. No need to try to read, eat and watch TV in it. Avoid drinking tea and coffee before bed, and do not overeat. Your goal is to do everything possible to ensure that the environment in your room is conducive to sound and healthy sleep.