Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I Need Some Sleep Pt 1

We all have trouble sleeping from time to time. In fact, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research reports that 30-40% of adults in America will experience symptoms of insomnia. That makes insomnia the most common sleep disorder health care providers treat.

In general, some symptoms of insomnia include:
Nighttime experiences of

  • Tossing and turning
  • Uncontrolled racing thoughts
  • Feeling physically aroused: increased heart beat, physical tension, etc
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness

These carry over and manifest in the daytime as Insomnia can last anywhere from a few days to periods of time greater than 1 month. It can be caused by a multitude of things including eating too late, shift changes, jet lag, emotional stress, and acute and chronic illnesses to name a few.

Lots of us have a low tolerance for what we consider less than optimal sleep. The optimal amount of sleep has been touted as being around 8 hours each night, though in recent times health care professionals focus less on an across the board amount and more on patients' unique perceptions and needs. Even still, 8 hours a night seems to a starting point for everybody.

1 comment:

  1. Very informative post. .:) enjoyed reading every bit of it ...

    Thanks for sharing ..