Nights seem like days for a person suffering from insomnia because they can’t fall asleep. Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder. People who suffer from the same, have trouble staying asleep or barely getting any sleep. Insomnia may be caused by psychological factors like stress or over consumption of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Other reasons include medications or medical conditions
There are generally two types of insomnia- acute and chronic insomnia. Acute insomnia is the one which last for a few days or a week maximum, this is generally caused by stress or pressure in everyday life. Chronic insomnia lasts longer than a month. Most of the times chronic insomnia is not the primary problem it is the aftermath of some other problem. The primary problems might include certain medical conditions and medicines. Primary insomnia is caused by life changes like long lasting stress, emotional stress or depression.
Insomnia can also be caused by staying close to a screen. Reports say that using your laptop or phone before bedtime is a major cause of insomnia for those who use phone for 30 to 45 minutes before sleeping have a risk of poor sleep quality which in long run can lead to acute insomnia
Insomnia becomes a great problem because as it causes lack of energy and daytime sleepiness/fatigue. You may experience problems with paying attention, remembering and focusing on tasks. It also has psychological problems like feeling anxious, depressed or irritated. These hold you back from performing your best. Other serious problems include feeling drowsy while doing deadly tasks like driving.
Poor sleeping habits are linked to obesity, diabetes and high risk of heart diseases. Lack of sleep may cause poor logical reasoning and reduce memory capabilities to learn and grasp new things. That is why treating insomnia is very important for a better life and a better health overall.
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