Insomnia is a commonly encountered clinical problem that relates to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. This sleeping disorder can lead to dissatisfaction, fatigue, low energy, mood disturbances, and decreased performance.
Insomnia may be categorized based on its duration. Acute insomnia, is brief and often happens when stressful situations arise. Chronic insomnia occurs multiple times throughout a week and the causes can vary from environment, clinical disorders, and possible medications. Following certain routines of good sleep hygiene can restore chronically disrupted sleep patterns and fight insomnia. Practice these eight tips and record your results.
- Maintain a regular sleeping and waking schedule.
- Avoid afternoon snoozes.
- Work out earlier in the morning and not at night.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or caffeine at night.
- Avoid heavy or spicy meals before you go to sleep.
- Make time for relaxing before bed.
- Assess your bedroom settings to optimize the environment for sleep.
- Speak with medical provider to determine if certain medications are the cause.
The guarantee of effective treatment for insomnia is knowing the symptoms of a sleep problem, careful evaluation of factors underlying the insomnia, development of a specific diagnosis, and then implementation of a treatment process that may involve medication or other treatments. Talk to your physician if you struggle with insomnia and together you can find a solution that will help you sleep well.
A version of this post was previously published on the Shell Point Health & Wellness Blog in 2012.