Health: The Causes and Treatments of Insomnia


It’s been a while you’ve read from this category. We are sorry for the break.
How has your week been?
I’m sure you are bouncing well.

On the Health Category today, I’d like to share with you a topic that is prevalent in our society.

The Causes and Treatment of Insomnia

In simple terms, Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
When you can’t sleep at nights or you are having difficulty staying asleep, Insomnia is at your doorstep. ( Like a friend would say).
It can also be defined or related to the quality of your sleep.
Do you feel grumpy, gloomy, or tired when you wake up?
Then, you probably have Insomnia.
It is expected that no matter the hours of sleep you had, you should feel refreshed on waking up.
That is the essence of Sleeping.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder and it can affect every area of owns life. The Brain needs rest and a night of sound sleep, so you can imagine not giving it what it needs. The Brain is not a machine.

Insomnia is of two types: Acute Insomnia and Chronic Insomnia.
Acute Insomnia is short term insomnia and lasts for a few hours or two to three days and it can easily be cured with a change of lifestyle and good sleeping habits.
Chronic insomnia can last for weeks and even months. It’s called Long Term Insomnia. And might needs Medical intervention.
According to Research, in a year, 1.5 million Nigerians suffer from Insomnia. What a huge number!

You must note that the amount of sleep needed differs or varies from individual to individual.
NEWBORN BABY; 14 -17hours
INFANTS; 12-15 hours
TODDLERS; 11- 14 Hours
TEENAGERS; 8-10 hrs
ADULTS; 7-9 hrs

And the causes of Insomnia are numerous.  But here Is a few lists of common causes:
~Stress is the major causing factor of Insomnia
~A noisy Environment
~Eating late at night or taking alcohol or caffeine at night.
~Medications e.g Pain relievers, Sleeping pills.
~Late night shift
~Aging and
~Hormonal changes in women. Especially during their menstrual cycle.

It is necessary to study your sleeping habits and If possible have a sleeping calender.  *smiles*
This will help you determine if you are having insomnia or not.

How would you know you are having Insomnia?
1. Finding it hard to sleep or staying asleep.
2. When you wake up early and can’t get back to sleep.
3. When you feel sleepy even after waking up.
4. When you feel tired or fatigued after waking up.
5. When you are finding it difficult to concentrate during the day because you are thinking about sleep.
6. Difficulty in remembering things. (Or Low performance during the day).

Insomnia can be prevented and can also be treated with the following daily lifestyle regimen:

1. Take a cold bath before you sleep.
2. Ensure you sleep in a dark room. (This works for me)
3. Use clean bedspread.
4. Use a comfortable mattress and pillow.
5. Avoid eating heavy meals late at night.
6. Do not go to bed immediately after eating.
7. Listen to music or read books. (This also works for me). 
Note: Sleeping pills are not advisable. The best treatment is a change in lifestyle and studying your sleeping patterns. 
But if all the aforementioned do not work, you need to see a Doctor.  Do not self medicate.

Insomnia can kill,
Insomnia can be Deadly,
But Insomnia is not a disease,
And Insomnia can be treated.

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Love you.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Lola's Pen

3 thoughts on “Health: The Causes and Treatments of Insomnia

  1. Hmm… I’m afraid I’m suffering from the chronic one. I’d just try the treatments you listed out and hope things work out well. Thank you

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