Over 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
Insomnia: a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep throughout the night. Insomnia has is an inability in the brain to stop being awake.
Primary v. Secondary:
Primary Insomnia refers to sleep problems that are not related to or caused by any other health condition or problem.
Secondary Insomnia refers to sleep problems that are caused by something else; such as a health condition (arthritis, asthma, depression, cancer, heartburn), pain, medication or substances (alcohol).
Types of Insomnia:
- Acute Insomnia: A brief episode of difficulty sleeping. This is usually caused by a life event such as; a stressful job change, coping with bad news or traveling. Acute insomnia often resolves itself without any treatment.
- Chronic Insomnia: A long-term difficulty sleeping. Insomnia is considered chronic when it takes place at least 3 times a week for 3 months or more.
- Comorbid Insomnia: Insomnia that occurs with another condition like anxiety or depression. Certain physical conditions can cause discomfort and insomnia such as arthritis or chronic back pain.
- Offset Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Maintenance Insomnia: The inability to stay asleep.
- Chronic pain
- Low back pain
- Nasal/sinus allergies
- Psychiatric issues (Depression)
- Gastrointestinal problems (Reflux)
- Endocrine problems (Hyperthyroidism)
- Neurological conditions (Parkinson’s)
- Working at home in the evenings can cause overstimulation when trying to sleep.
- Taking naps, even short ones, in the afternoon can disrupt the sleep cycle.
- Sleeping late to make up for lost sleep can create trouble falling asleep later that evening.
- Shift work can create instability in a schedule that can disrupt sleep patterns.
Insomnia & Food:
- Alcohol is a sedative. It may cause you to fall asleep but disrupt your sleep later in the night.
- Caffeine is a stimulant. Excessive throughout the day caffeine can cause insomnia.
- Nicotine is also a stimulant which can cause insomnia if consumed close to bedtime.
- Heavy meals close to bedtime can also disrupt your sleep. It is best to eat lightly before going to sleep.
Symptoms of Insomnia:
- Fatigue or low energy
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Difficulty at work or school
- Mood disturbances, irritability
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Cognitive impairment, difficulty concentrating
- Unrefreshing sleep (also called ‘non-restorative’)
- Behavior problems like acting impulsively or aggressive
- Difficulty in personal relationships with family, friends, or caregivers
Insomnia is a serious problem. The inability to sleep at night is problems that will plague every part of your life.
IDLife has created a formula to help people suffering from insomnia. IDLife Sleep Strips can help you fall asleep fast and stay asleep throughout the night.
Melatonin formula help you
- Get to sleep quickly
- Stay asleep
- Get deep restorative sleep with increased REM sleep
5-HTP releases critical neurotransmitters burned out every day but stressors to increase calm feelings of well-being.
L-Theanine helps you sleep for longer periods, awakening less often by a feeling of anxiety stress and fitfulness.
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