When ‘The Cranberries’ belted out their famous ‘Zombie’ number, it struck a chord with many. However not everyone falls under the same category of being one, there are different kinds of insomniacs and doctors assert it’s important to identify which type is one to finally get cured.
Firstly, of course there is a need to own up and want to take action. Insomnia in a nut shell is a common sleep disorder. People who have insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, they may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. They may not feel refreshed when they wake up.
It is interesting to note while some may have trouble falling asleep (known as sleep-onset insomnia), some have problems staying asleep (sleep-maintaining insomnia) or waking up too early (early morning awakening).
Different types of Insomnia:
This disorder, also called acute insomnia or short-term insomnia, disturbs your sleep and usually stems from stress. The sleep problem ends when the source of stress is gone or when you adapt to the stress. The stress does not always come from a negative experience. Something positive can make you too excited to sleep well
This condition occurs when children don't go to bed on time unless a parent or guardian enforces a bedtime. If the children are made to go to bed at a specified time, then they tend to fall asleep at a normal hour. If they are not given strict bedtimes, then they may linger awake for hours at night and later in adulthood they are relatively difficult sleepers compared to others. Also children who’ve been subjected to a violent environment with admonishing threats, can fear falling asleep, that gets reflected in their adulthood.
Idiopathic insomnia is a lifelong sleep disorder that starts during infancy or childhood and continues into adulthood. It may result from an imbalance in your body, such as an overactive awakening system and/or an underactive sleep system, but the true cause of this disorder is still unclear.
This type of insomnia is directly related to the use of any of the following substances: Medication, caffeine, alcohol, drugs. Your sleep is disrupted by your use of the substance. This type of sleep problem may also occur when you stop using a substance.
Insomnia due to a medical condition
This insomnia is caused by a mental health disorder. The insomnia is a symptom of the disorder. The course and severity of insomnia are directly linked to that of the mental health disorder, but the insomnia is a separate focus of treatment. One could possibly have an imbalance in the chemical makeup that needs correction. Perhaps a shortage of melatonin in the brain.
This insomnia is associated with excessive worrying, specifically focused on not being able to sleep. The insomnia may begin suddenly following an event or develop slowly over many years. People with this sleep disorder worry too much about their insomnia and about being tired the next day. As a result, they learn to become tense and anxious as bedtime approaches. They may have racing thoughts that all relate to insomnia and trying to fall asleep. As they worry about falling asleep, they become more and more tense, which makes it less likely that they will be able to fall asleep.
Just remember identifying a problem is the first step to getting cured. So whichever category you may belong to, there is always hope and a better tomorrow. So breathe a sigh, sleep your worries away...
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