Over the past decade insomnia has been starting to get the attention it deserves within the medical community. Science and research have shown that insomnia is indeed a very real condition which can be brought on by life changes, stress, physical or mental issues, environmental factors, and more.
We also now know that insomnia can also exacerbate other things such as pain, depression, emotional regulation, the processing of memories, and more.
1. Some people are predestined to be insomniacs
Believe it or not, some people may be predisposed to insomnia.
Whether it is caused by genetics and biological reasons, or because proper sleep practices and habits were not learned and instilled when growing up, some individuals can be more likely to suffer from sleep problems their entire lives.
The good news is that even if you have an inclination toward insomnia, there are treatments available to combat it once the root cause is discovered.
2. Insomnia can be easier to treat if caught early
Individuals who have never had sleeping issues and who have always slept well, but who suddenly develop insomnia, may find treatment to be a lot easier.
The reason is that it is easier for professionals to pinpoint what has changed in the individual’s life – be it physical, mental, or outside environmental factors. In other words, it is easier to figure out what precipitated the insomnia (or caused the insomnia) and what is perpetuating it, or causing it to linger. This is why it is imperative to seek out help once you realize you may be dealing with insomnia.
Some individuals try to treat it on their own, or wait it out. By the time they do seek out the help of a professional, pinpointing the root cause of the insomnia can take longer and be more difficult.
3. Dwelling on insomnia can make it worse
The mind still remains much of a mystery. When it comes to insomnia, thinking and worrying consistently that you won’t be able to sleep is almost a guaranteed way of having a sleepless night. It is like telling yourself to not think about a pink elephant. Doing that means you automatically think about the pink elephant.
The best thing you can do is counteract every negative thought that comes to your mind with a positive one.
Picture yourself sleeping deeply and soundly and feeling well rested. Over time, your negative internal insomnia dialogue will lessen.
As time goes by, we will continue to learn more about insomnia. At least we are no longer seeing insomnia swept under the carpet and treated as though it is unimportant. Insomnia is treatable, so seek help and do not ignore it.
Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free two week insomnia sleep training course. Over 3,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 96 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend in need of insomnia help.