Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. Insomnia affects all age groups. Among adults, insomnia affects women more often than men.
People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep.
- Waking up too early in the morning.
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep.
- Feeling tired upon waking up.
Insomnia affects people of all age groups but people in the following groups have a higher chance of acquiring insomnia
- Individuals older than 60
- Emotional stress
- Travelling through different time zones.
- History of mental health disorder including depression, etc.
- Working late night shifts
Insomnia is not defined by a specific number of hours of sleep that one gets, since individuals vary widely in their sleep needs and practices. Although most of us know what insomnia is and how we feel and perform after one or more sleepless nights, few seek medical advice. Many people remain unaware of the behavioral and medical options available to treat insomnia.
The incidence tends to increase with age. It is typically more common in people in lower socioeconomic (income) groups, chronic alcoholics, and mental health patients. Stress most commonly triggers short-term or acute insomnia. If you do not address your insomnia, however, it may develop into chronic insomnia.
Insomnia is generally classified based on the duration of the problem. Not everyone agrees on one definition, but generally:
- Symptoms lasting less than one week are classified as transient insomnia,
- Symptoms between one to three weeks are classified as short-term insomnia, and
- Those longer than three weeks are classified as chronic insomnia.
Most people need at least 7-and-a-half hours sleep per night. If you find that you have problem sleeping, you should make sleep a priority in your life. Schedule the time for sleep and keep this schedule fixed no matter what. You must to go to sleep before 11 PM because our systems--particularly the adrenals--do a majority of recharging and recovering between 11 PM and 1 AM. The gallbladder dumps toxins at the same time. If you are awake between 11 PM and 1 AM, the toxins go back into your liver, which then dumps them back into your system and disrupts your health.
Insomnia sufferers should avoid caffeine completely, including coffee and black tea. Some people are extremely sensitive to caffeine and for them even a morning cup of tea or coffee may cause insomnia later that night. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages as well. Avoid sugar snacks before bed. They will raise your blood sugar and you will have difficulty falling asleep.
Homeopathy approaches insomnia as just a part of a puzzle of what is going wrong with your body. For a Homeopath, insomnia is just an outward manifestation of an imbalance in your organism that can be brought back into balance by a constitutional homeopathic remedy.
This remedy is found by taking into account all of your symptoms - including the insomnia symptoms as well as the emotional and physical symptoms you are experiencing. The constitutional homeopathic remedy heals you from the inside out and you will gradually start feeling better and sleeping more soundly.
Homeopathic care at bodhin will remove the causes for insomnia by restoring balance in the body, which will then help to regulate your sleeping patterns.
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