The Effects of Insomnia on Health
Veterinarian Reviewed on January 14, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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The Effects of Insomnia on Health
Some people may fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow but some may need help in even inducing sleep. Insomnia is a condition wherein a person suffers from sleeplessness or the ability to initiate sleep and sometimes to maintain sleep. While other people sleep instantly, others struggle due to many factors.
In the modern world, sleep has become a luxury. People who work at night, have alternating shifts and those who suffer from illnesses and emotional concerns often find it hard to sleep and even to relax. It is therefore important to understand the effects of insomnia on the every aspect of a person to comprehend just exactly how indispensable is a good night’s sleep.
Causes of Insomnia
Insomnia causes is different from one person to another. The most common reason for not being able to get to sleep is any medical condition. Pain or a nagging clinical symptom may often leave a person listless and unable to even initiate sleep.
Any type of emotional anxiety or stress can cause insomnia. A death, a loss of property or a failed relationship can add a toll to a person’s thoughts making him unable to sleep.
Medications for a specific medical condition or the use of illegal drugs can cause stimulation of the central nervous system and ultimately insomnia.
Effects of Insomnia on Health
- Physical effects – insomnia can cause weight loss and loss of appetite. Chronic insomnia can lead to nutritional deficiencies, developmental problems and even sensory problems. Insomnia can cause decrease in energy to do any physical activity at all.
- Psychological effects – insomnia can lead to mood swings, inability to concentrate, inability to make decisions, irritability and anxiety. Even the littlest noise can cause irritation and restlessness. Some people with chronic insomnia may develop ticks, mannerisms and even unhealthy habits like smoking, alcoholism and drug dependence.
- Social effects – chronic insomnia can cause strain on family and personal relationships and inability to maintain a personal relationship. A person with insomnia may also fear depressed and anxious about his condition causing him to shun from social contact.
Natural Treatments of Insomnia
If you have experienced insomnia and you have tried medications to induce sleep, then it is time to try natural remedies. Alternative remedies have no side effects plus do not cause dependence which can lead to serious complications. Here are some techniques you can try tonight:
- Relaxation techniques such as a warm bath or a massage an hour before your bedtime can reduce insomnia.
- Drinking warm milk which is rich in tryptophan can also help induce sleep. This is also perfect to drink when you wake up in the middle of the night.
- Try chamomile tea that is also perfect in reducing restlessness and can put you to sleep right away.
- Reduce lighting, unnecessary stimulation and noise inside your room.
- Try reading or any less stimulating activities hours before you go to sleep.
- Meditate or just close your eyes and reduce all you worry before you sleep, after doing this mental exercise, you will finally be able to go to sleep.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan