Most people who don’t get enough sleep are usually irritable, grumpy, or even angry throughout the day. And in fact, without enough sleep, mental and physical ability change getting worse and worse with the longer an individual has been awake. After 17 hours of no sleep, cognitive ability drops to a point that is similar to having a blood alcohol level of .05 (characterized by impaired judgment and coordination). After 24 hours of no sleep, it’s practically like being legally drunk. Over time a chronic lack of shut-eye makes you more prone to accidents, depression, and anxiety.
However, more and more experts are recognizing what’s called “short sleepers”, people who don’t need more than four or five hours per night. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours to feel rested and rejuvenated throughout the day. True “short sleepers” are rare, according to sleep specialist Carol Ash, DO, a member of the Ladies Home Journal Medical Advisory Board. “Only a tiny percentage of people can function well with that little [sleep],” she says.Continue reading
If you’re experiencing insomnia and your getting anxious about it, the whole situation can become a vicious cycle. You try to go to sleep but you can’t, so you start to worry about the fatigue you’re going to feel tomorrow. You start to worry about not being able to fall asleep. But the more you worry, the more you can’t sleep, and the more you can’t sleep, the more you worry.
So, one thing to do is to neutralize the anxiety before you go to bed. But first let’s explore what insomnia is. Insomnia is a sleep disorder. It’s the experience of either not being able to fall asleep or it’s an inability to stay asleep as long as you would like. For instance, you might fall asleep and then wake up at 4am every morning. You might not be able to get a healthy 8 or 9 hours of sleep.Continue reading
There are many factors that can contribute to an experience of insomnia. Medication, physical illness, or simply drinking too much caffeine during the day can lead to not being able to sleep. However, for many insomnia is instead the result of anxiety, depression, and in general a very active mind. When this is the case, the most effective method to assist in getting the right amount of sleep is a practice that helps calm the mind.
Practices that facilitate mental and physical relaxation can aide in being able to get a better night’s sleep. Methods that help relax the mind and body can have a significant effect the ability to sleep. And when used regularly, these methods not only bring relaxation in the moment, but they can have a general effect of relaxation over time, facilitating the experience of insomnia to slowly dissipate.Continue reading
Recent studies indicate that when an individual suffers from depression and from insomnia, treatment of both psychological illnesses dramatically improves the chances of healing from both. It’s common for both insomnia and depression to exist concurrently. Although experts are not sure if one causes the other, research indicates that treating both disorders can bring significant healing.
Researchers found that among those who were treated successfully for insomnia, depression was also successfully treated. In one study, the insomnia treatment included four individual sessions of psychotherapy for over eight weeks. During the sessions, participants were provided with specific instructions to manage their insomnia – establish a specific time to wake up, get up and out of bed when not sleeping but do not eat, read, or watch television, and do not take any naps during the day. The results found that nearly 90% of those who followed the instructions and who fully participated in the study saw their depression lift.Continue reading
According to Fox News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new insomnia drug made by Merck & Co.
It should be noted from the start that insomnia is much more serious than the sleep disturbances that many people have. To be diagnosed with insomnia, you must have at least six months of chronic sleep loss which have created a disturbance in your ability to function at home, work, or in relationships. In fact, several studies indicate that insomnia can lead to many other health challenges, including physical and psychological illness. At the same time, it is a sleep disorder that can develop as a result of other illnesses.Continue reading
Sleep is a vital component of good health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to disease and illness, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) points out that the lack of sleep actually contributes to the onset of these illnesses, not just that they contribute to ill health once a person has a disease.
The medical community recognizes that there are two forms of insomnia. Primary insomnia is when a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems because of something else, such as asthma, depression, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, pain in the body, or substance abuse. Lack of sleep might also happen because of necessary medication for another illness.
The following will explore the diseases mentioned here in order to shed light on the physical and mental illnesses associated with insomnia.Continue reading