Stress Related Insomnia

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Typically, medical conditions are characterised by precise and explicit physical symptoms and signs. Apart from their negative physical impact on personal well-being, medical conditions have adverse emotional consequences and negatively transform the sufferer’s personality, altering their perception of life.

Apart from diseases with a demonstrably physical cause, the environment and lifestyle that a person finds themselves in can lead to psychological disturbances capable of having a very real impact upon their health. At times, a person may suffer from various abnormalities or disturbances, which can be broadly classified into mental, physical, genetic, emotional or functional disorders. A medical condition in a broader sense engulfs all diseases and disorders including mental illness symptoms such as lethargy, depression and insomnia.

In fast paced modern society with all of its tension and anxiety, one can easily fall into the clutches of mental imbalances and disturbances, which can escalate into a vicious cycle if left unattended. The most persistent and unrelenting symptom of stress is insomnia. Insomnia in lay man’s term is the inability to get the right amount of sleep at night required for an individual to wake up refreshed and rested in the morning. It is no exaggeration to say that one-third of the population suffers from stress-related insomnia at some point in their lives. If one has trouble sleeping once in a while it cannot be categorized under insomnia, but if this problem persists for night after night in continuity, then prompt action is required to address this. Insomnia hinders a person’s ability to function normally during the day, results in lack of concentration and takes a toll on a person’s energy – thus making them irritable and short-tempered. Ultimately, if left undiagnosed and untreated it has the potential to lead to health problems related to the heart and diabetes.

Different people require different hours of sleep to be re-energized and revitalized, so it is not only the hours that are spent on the bed but the quality of sleep that defines insomnia. Insomnia is not merely a single sleep disorder but in fact, is usually a symptom of a deeper problem. The root cause of insomnia may be a number of factors that can vary from something as simple as drinking too much of caffeine throughout the day, to more complex stress related issues. By performing an honest and thorough self-examination into the reasons behind an individual’s insomnia, one can often, by implementing some changes in their lifestyle, cure themselves of this problem without being dependent upon medical specialists or turning to sleeping pills.

Whilst it is natural for a sufferer to prefer a quick fix to the problem such as a form of sleeping aid, what ought to be most concerning about that approach is that it only eases the symptoms temporarily without addressing the root cause – which may then manifest in the form of other problems later on. A more lasting and comprehensive solution involves examining one’s own daily routine, sleeping pattern, general physical health, work-related stress and family pressures one might be facing, allowing the sufferer to detect and narrow down the causes of their insomnia and then accordingly follow through with a proactive self-treatment. This can be achieved by eliminating the causes of undue stress where possible, or removing themselves from the stressful environment.

Who can be a better judge than your own self with regards to the problematic areas of your own lifestyle? Important things to assess are whether you are undergoing any unreasonable work related stress, are involved in a problematic personal relationship, or have any unresolved traumatic experiences that need to be addressed. Other more practically addressed factors include assessing whether your sleeping environment is comfortable, quiet and clean, if your caffeine or alcohol intake should be reduced and if your sleeping hours could be intentionally adjusted. If you can take control of many of those factors, then you are well on the way to defeating insomnia and reducing the stress levels during the day time that are caused by a lack of sleep – further reducing stress related insomnia. The continual pursuit of these minor lifestyle changes can and will conquer the condition over time.

It has been noted by many sleep experts that simply eliminating bad routines and daily causes of stress that are instigating sleeplessness is all that is required to conquer the problem of insomnia altogether. At times, those unhelpful habits may be such an integral part of your daily life and so deeply ingrained, that you do not even realise the negative impact they are having on your well-being. After even a short period of time experiencing lower stress levels and a greater amount of sleep, you may notice a tremendous change in all aspects of your health.


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