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Insomnia - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Insomnia is a sleep disorder which makes the affected hard to sleep, stay asleep or make you wake up too fast. Insomnia can also make it difficult for you to go back to sleep once you have woken up. This disorder makes you tired the whole day and drains your energy levels, health, mood, work performance and quality of life. A lot of adults can experience short-term (acute) insomnia that lasts for weeks or days. This is usually due to an after effect of a traumatizing event or just stress. But mostly, people who experience chronic (long term) insomnia which lasts for more than a month is caused due to certain medical conditions or side effects of medicines.

Causes of Insomnia:

For the treatment of insomnia, it is important to treat the underlying cause. It can be caused due to life events, stress and bad habits that affect your sleeping patterns. However, some other causes of insomnia include:

  • Stress- Concerns about family, finances, health, school and work can keep our mind active even if you are tired. This makes it very difficult to sleep. Trauma or life events like a job loss, divorce, illness or death of a loved one can result to insomnia.
  • Work or travel schedule- Frequently changing shifts at work, doing a late shift, jet lags and travelling across different time zones can disrupt your body’s sleep cycle and lead to insomnia.
  • Unhealthy sleep habits- Sleep habits such as eating just before sleeping, watching too much television, using your bed during work, uneasy sleep environment, stimulating physical activities before bed, uneven naps and irregular sleep schedules can cause insomnia.
  • Eating too much before bed- Eating a lot of food can make you very uncomfortable while lying down. A lot of people who eat a lot before sleeping complain of heartburn. This occurs when the food and acid from the stomach flows into the esophagus. This is a major reason for insomnia.
  • Mental issues- Disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder or anxiety disorders can also trigger insomnia. Certain form of impulse control disorders might also make you stressed out which eventually leads to insomnia.
  • Medications- Prescription drugs and certain medications used to treat blood pressure and asthma can also cause insomnia.
  • Other disorders- Medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, overactive thyroid, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic pain can also trigger insomnia.
Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Difficulty falling asleep at night Waking up during the night Trouble focusing on daily tasks Sleepiness and tiredness Waking up too early

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How Homeopathy is a Boon Towards Treating Insomnia?

Dr. Ramesh Ram R P D 92% (933 ratings)
BHMS
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How Homeopathy is a Boon Towards Treating Insomnia?
Why it s ideal to treat insomnia with homeopathy Insomnia is a mental condition, which is characterized by a difficulty in falling asleep, even when you have the chance to do so. People with insomnia feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience fatigue, low energy, lack of concentration, mood swings and decreased performance at work or at school. The causes of insomnia include stress, emotional or physical discomfort; environmental factors like noise, light or extreme temperature that interferes with sleep; and depression or anxiety. The visible symptoms of insomnia are inability to fall asleep no matter what, irritability, depression, lack of concentration and enthusiasm, and distressed stomach and intestine. Complications associated with insomnia can cause psychiatric problems, obesity, increased risk of long-term diseases or conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Homeopathy is a boon towards treating insomnia. 1. Safety Homeopathic medication are far safer therefore, it is preferable and highly recommended. It serves invaluably during insomnia and does not involve any side effects. 2. Efficiency The efficiency of homeopathic medicines in curing the several problems associated with insomnia is unquestionable. Plus, targets at providing long-term cure for insomnia instead of just temporary relief. The approach that homeopathy adopts includes getting at the root cause of the problem, and weeding it out so that there s never a relapse of your condition. If you would like to consult with me privately, please click on 'Consult'.
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Insomnia and Depression - Is There A Link Between Them?

Ms. Archana Narwani 93% (93 ratings)
Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Navi Mumbai
Insomnia and Depression - Is There A Link Between Them?
In today s stressful environment, more and more people are being diagnosed with psychological disorders such as insomnia and depression. Neither of the two are things which people feel lucky to possess. However, it is interesting to note that there is a link between the two conditions. Also, the problems are a lot more common than a person is likely to first think; 80% of depressed people suffer from chronic insomnia! For a long time until recently, many people were of the opinion that most depressed people were insomniac. But that is not really correct. The two issues do overlap to a large extent, but they are different from each other. Again, that does not mean one cannot affect the other. When a person has depression, one of the main things that he or she can experience is a lack of pleasure from the activities and happenings which occur in his or her daily life. Similarly, when a person does not get enough sleep or even just cannot sleep, he or she is quite likely to display a tendency to worry. Often, worrying sets the stage for depression to develop in the person. In fact, doctors have observed that people who do not sleep enough are more likely to undergo treatment for depression than the others. Recent findings have concluded that when a person sleeps better, the case of depression also shows an uptick. In addition to this, the habit of sleeping well can also go quite a long way to make sure that a person does not relapse into depression. According to some sleep therapies, people who suffer from lack of sleep are advised to follow a systematic routine of getting to bed and getting out of bed. Activities including reading in bed or watching TV after going to bed must be avoided. While there are various means to help a person sleep better, the choice as to which one would suit a person in the best possible way is only best decided by the person s personal doctor. What is for sure is the fact that a person can effectively sleep to a better life! So, it can be said that if a person wants to cure his/her depression and enjoy life being peppy, napping away is not such a bad idea after all. Having said that, everything is good only up to a certain limit!
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Types Of Insomnia And Its Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. Mohammed Faizal 92% (976 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Palakkad
Types Of Insomnia And Its Homeopathic Treatment!
Sleeplessness and role of homeopathy in treating it. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. - irish proverb Sleep has a profound effect on our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. You must have realised so often that we feel very fresh and energetic after a good night's sleep. And when we do not have a good night's sleep, we feel tired and irritable the whole day, our productivity decreases, we are feeling sleepy, and our whole schedule goes haywire. Sleep is the time when body undergoes repair and detoxification. Poor sleep patterns are linked to poor health and those who sleep less than six hours a night have a shorter life expectancy than those who sleep for longer. When you sleep your muscles are relaxed during sleep and some blood circulation meant for the brain is diverted towards the muscles to repair them. A person is said to be suffering from sleeplessness or insomnia when he/she wakes up frequently during the night or too early in the morning or has difficulty in falling asleep. Insomnia can be classified in the following ways - 1. Primary insomnia: it refers to sleep problems which aren't directly related with any health condition. 2. Secondary insomnia: it stands for sleep problems that may be caused by health conditions, medications, pain or any other causes. 3. Acute insomnia: it is also known as short-term insomnia and usually lasts for a night or a few weeks. 4. Chronic insomnia: insomnia is described as long-term or chronic if you suffer from it for about 3 nights a week for 1 month or longer. Common causes of sleeplessness: When it comes to causes, there are several such as - - anxiety - stress - pain or discomfort while sleeping - use of certain medications - interference in your normal sleep schedule - having heavy meals or stimulants like caffeinated drinks and nicotine In addition, there are also some medical conditions that can develop or aggravate insomnia, such as, - asthma - low back pain - chronic pain - arthritis - neurological conditions such as parkinson's disease How does homeopathy help in treating insomnia Since sleep disorder is of critical concern, homeopathy treatment offers an excellent remedy as it doesn't involve any side effects. A professional homeopath first studies the symptoms of the disorder and offers remedy accordingly. These remedies go to the root cause of the problem and are not meant to just provide symptomatic relief, apart from the medicine, you will be guided about certain lifestyle changes they should make. If you would like to consult with me privately, please click on 'consult'.

7 Lifestyle Changes To Cure Insomnia!

Dr. Vikas Patel 92% (458 ratings)
Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Ludhiana
7 Lifestyle Changes To Cure Insomnia!
Sleep is the most essential part of our lives because it is the time when our body gets rejuvenated and recharged. However, due to numerous reasons, quite a few individuals fail to achieve proper sleep or any sleep at all. This condition in which a person is unable to sleep at night can be termed as insomnia. Causes of insomnia There can be varied reasons for different people that can cause insomnia. Unhealthy lifestyle i.e. improper sleep cycle, improper food habits, untimely naps, substance abuse etc. Medical conditions like sinus allergies, gastrointestinal problems, endocrine problems, arthritis, asthma, neurological condition like Parkinson s disease, chronic back pain etc. Psychological conditions like depression and anxiety Certain medications aimed to cure other health problems In case of the treatable medical reasons, insomnia is gone once the problem is treated. However, for people who have no idea as to why they suffer from insomnia, here are certain tips that can help in fighting it. Lifestyle changes to cure insomnia Starting with a significant lifestyle change can be a great way to change one s sleep cycles and get a good night s sleep. Maintain a proper and healthy diet, with more fruits and vegetables and less carbs and fat. Try to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday (despite the fact that you may not feel sleepy). This will train the body and regulate the body clock. Avoid afternoon naps or any short naps during the day. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Avoid caffeine as it has contains properties that keeps a person up for long hours. Avoid intake of alcohol and nicotine. Although alcohol is associated with fun and partying, it is actually a depressant and causes improper sleep. Avoid any meal right before bed time. Tips that can help Take a good, warm shower right before sleep. Ask your partner to give you a nice massage before bedtime. Restrict bed activities to sleep and sex only, nothing more. Make a really comfortable and inviting sleep environment. Try and get rid of all your worries before going to bed. Reduce stress using a number of stress reduction therapies like meditation, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, etc. Apart from the lifestyle changes and the tips that will help you gain a better sleep, there is another therapy, which may be useful. It is called the cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy can give essential knowledge about sleep and help achieve normal sleep routines.
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Insomnia - Causes And Symptoms

Dr. Pooja Anand Sharma 90% (40 ratings)
MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA - Psychology, aster of Science - Counseling, Psychotherapy, Phd - Counselling, Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Delhi
Insomnia - Causes And Symptoms
Insomnia is the condition of acute sleeplessness, and it takes a heavy toll on your mood, your energy levels, and your ability to concentrate and work during the day. Some of the most common symptoms of the condition are: You find it difficult to fall asleep even if you are tired Once you wake up in the middle of the night, you cannot get back to sleep You cannot work or concentrate on anything during the day You stay mostly fatigued, or irritated throughout the day You have to depend on pills or alcohol to fall asleep. You wake up very early in the morning, no matter how late you sleep What could be the causes for insomnia? Insomnia might last just a few days if it is induced by some temporary cause, like stress at your workplace, or any other personal issue you can be facing. However, when the cause is a long rooted one, insomnia might persist for a long time. There can be a mix of many causes for that to happen: Psychological stress or other emotional discomforts Common psychological problems like anxiety, depression, chronic work stress, grief, and also bipolar disorder can be the causes for insomnia. Illness or other medical problems There can be many medical causes or other illnesses at the root of insomnia like allergies, acute asthma, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson's disease, kidney related diseases and cancer as well. Medications There can be many drugs, which might be prescribed by your doctor, but still be responsible for insomnia. These include antidepressants, corticosteroids like thyroid hormone medicines, few blood pressure medications, certain contraceptives and stimulants for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Sleep Disorders Insomnia, though in itself is a sleep disorder, can also be the symptoms for other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other disorders related to jet lag or if you are working on a late night shift. In addition to these causes, some daily lifestyle habits might act as triggers to insomnia, which include: Consumption of large amounts of caffeine on a regular basis Developing irregular sleep schedules Taking your smartphone to bed and ending up spending a lot of time with it in the night Eating late in the evening
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 43 years old and have problem of epilepsy since long take valparin chrono 300 MG twice a day but since long I have problem of insomnia and take many medicine so suggest me medicine at present I take clonazepam 2 mg at night.

Dr. Jyoti Goel 91% (6000 ratings)
MBBS, cc USG
General Physician, Gurgaon
Some tips for sound sleep and early awaking in morning follow advises given below: 1. Strict to sleep time schedule 2. Do regular physical activity, you can go for daily morning walk 3. Regular meditation/ yoga 4. Avoid tea coffee after 7 pm 5. Take bath at bedtime 6. Avoid daytime sleep 7. Use alarm and gradually reduce your waking time by 15 minutes 8. Avoid watching TV and reading news paper at bedtime, you can listen some soft music
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One of friend having insomnia. She will not get proper sleep. She will wake up suddenly and feels one of her loved one friend who passed away is standing and smells feeling like taking to each other. Kindly suggest doctor or which types of treatment is needed.

Dr. Himani Negi 96% (15079 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person finds it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Insomnia also includes poor sleep quality, restless sleep, waking up several times during sleep, and feeling un-refreshed or tired after waking up.  Homeopathy provides a very safe, effective and non-habit forming treatment of both types of insomnia — acute and chronic. Since the Homeopathic medicines are sourced from natural substances, there are no side-effects. While Insomnia lasting less than a month is considered acute, if the condition continues for more than a month, it is referred to as chronic Insomnia. There are various causes of Insomnia. The prominent ones are stress, grief, depression, emotional disturbance, intake of stimulants like coffee and alcohol, and a huge number of medical reasons (like heart diseases, breathing disorders, thyroid problems, and rheumatoid arthritis). Insomnia is also one of the major concerns in elderly people. You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects

Hi, I am 25 year male. I have chronic insomnia for past 6 months. I couldn't sleep for minute. Could I have pineal gland problem? Also I need to masturbate a lot this time, like compulsion. Also I feel that I am dying slowly, that my consciousness is decreasing. I have read somewhere that pineal gland is seat of consciousness. Could this all problem related to pineal gland? Which doctor should I consult? What are treatments?

Dr. K V Anand 95% (20571 ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. The following are the medical conditions that can cause INSOMNIA: Nasal/sinus allergies. Gastrointestinal problems such as reflux. Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism. Arthritis. Asthma. Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Chronic pain. Low back pain. Other than these, stress, anxiety, depression, obsession, lack of exercises etc can also cause insomnia. Consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Take care.
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I am on libotrp 12.5/ 5 mg for insomnia but couldn't get sleep whole night can I take a zolfresh 5 mg now.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 90% (21632 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
You can take zolfresh for sleep . You should nt make it a daily habit Libotryp is also good psychiatric medication
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I am a patient of insomnia a sleep disorder. I take very strong pills to sleep. But now pills also do not work. Please tell me home remedies to get deep sleep.

Dr. Himani Negi 96% (15079 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person finds it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Insomnia also includes poor sleep quality, restless sleep, waking up several times during sleep, and feeling un-refreshed or tired after waking up.  Homeopathy provides a very safe, effective and non-habit forming treatment of both types of insomnia — acute and chronic. Since the Homeopathic medicines are sourced from natural substances, there are no side-effects. While Insomnia lasting less than a month is considered acute, if the condition continues for more than a month, it is referred to as chronic Insomnia. There are various causes of Insomnia. The prominent ones are stress, grief, depression, emotional disturbance, intake of stimulants like coffee and alcohol, and a huge number of medical reasons (like heart diseases, breathing disorders, thyroid problems, and rheumatoid arthritis). Insomnia is also one of the major concerns in elderly people. You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects
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