This is the first of a series of articles I'll be running touching on various aspects of sleep, sleep problems and sleep deprivation.
This first article deals with a widespread problem - insomnia. The Free Dictionary describes insomnia as "Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time."
Insomnia is often a symptom, rather than a disorder. Find the underlying cause and cure the symptom.
Insomnia comes in more than one form. In fact, there are three distinct types of insomnia. These, however, can be broken down into countless other divisions and categories. However, if you can decide which of the three types your insomnia belongs in, it makes finding help and choosing a treatment much simpler. You can read more about the types of insomnia on this page.
Other causes of insomnia are stress, depression and anxiety. People who are giving up smoking or are recovering alcoholics often suffer from insomnia.
Insomnia is also prevalent because of lifestyle changes and health problems. People suffering pain from injuries or diseases, including arthritis are often victims of insomnia.
Women tend to more sleep problems than men, possibly because of busy, stressful lives. This is even more evident during pregnancy.
Whatever the cause, it's imperative that we do all in our power to prevent insomnia. Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling irritable, out of sorts and downright sick. Try to figure out what's causing the problem. Reduce the stress in your life. Talk to your doctor if necessary and always practice good sleep hygiene.
Make a promise to yourself to sleep better for life.