Tackling Sleep Problems – Insomnia
The difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. This sleeping problem is accompanied by dissatisfaction and symptoms like low energy, reduced performances and productivity, lack of concentration and fatigue at work or in school. Insomnia is caused by different conditions, these includes unhealthy sleeping habits, medical and psychiatric conditions, some biological factors or specific substances. Residents of Bexhill are not strangers to insomnia and issues that leads to it.
Causes of Insomnia
- Medical Conditions
Many medical conditions can lead to insomnia, some are milder than others. Sometimes, insomnia is caused by medical condition while at times, symptoms of these medical conditions results in discomfort, in effect leading to insomnia. Some medical conditions that leads to insomnia are asthma, arthritis, sinus/ nasal allergies, chronic pain, low back pain e.t.c. Sometimes, it is just a symptom of a sleep disorder.
Also, heart disease, high blood pressure birth control, asthma and thyroid diseases can cause Insomnia.
- Depression: Insomnia and depression are greatly linked. They can both worsen the case of each other. Patients experiencing major disorders stand a higher chance of suffering from insomnia. Insomnia have been discovered to trigger depression or worsen it. The fact that both of them are treatable is a good news.
- Anxiety: A worried feeling interferes with the sleep of some adults. Such regularity varies amongst individuals. Excessive worry about a future event, being overstimulated, tension and deep thoughts about the past can all lead to insomnia.
- Lifestyle: Unhealthy lifestyle and sleep patterns can trigger or create insomnia. This can occur without any medical problem. Some steps taken that increases the chance of insomnia in an individual includes taking short naps in the afternoon, which makes it difficult for some to sleep at night. Shift workers who have irregular working time can confuse their body clock which can lead to insomnia. Working late on a screen keeps the brain preoccupied and more alert, hence preventing sleep.
- Food: Alcohol and Caffeine contributes to insomnia. Alcohol is a sedative able to disrupt sleep even after inducing sleep initially. Caffeine is a stimulant which increases productivity when used in moderation but leads to insomnia when used excessively.
Heavy meals towards bed time and spicy foods can disrupt sleep too. Nicotine, another stimulant causes insomnia. Smoking tobacco products or cigarettes is the major source of nicotine intake.
- Brain: Many chemical interactions take place in the brain which can interfere with sleep even if an healthy lifestyle or eating pattern is followed.
- Good sleep practices can be adopted to stop insomnia. This includes having and following a schedule of regular bedtime, abstaining for tv, naps and caffeine before bedtime.
- Therapies can also help treat insomnia. At our offices, located at London & Bexhill, East Sussex & by Skype, we help you to identify the causes of your insomnia using therapies such as Hypnotherapy, EFT, EMDR and Regression therapy and other strategies to help manage insomnia and to modify emotional responses and negative thoughts which causes distress psychologically. For more information, check the ‘contact-us’ section on our website; www.hypnosissouthlondon.co.uk.
- Antidepressants, sedatives and antihistamine are medications that help treats insomnia as the as focused to revert the causes of insomnia.