Insomnia is the most common sleep
complaint effecting from 10% to 35% of people at least
some of the time. Insomnia keeps people from sleeping
well and feeling refreshed. You may be suffering if you
have persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying
People with insomnia often feel tired, grumpy or have a hard time remembering things or concentrating. A lack of sleep can also affect how they function at work and while driving. It is important to seek a specialist to make sure it is not a sign of another sleep disorder or medical problem.
Insomnia may be caused by some types of medications & made worse by the use of caffeine or alcohol. It can even be a result of well-intentioned behaviors such as napping. It can also be related to depression, worry and stress.
3 Common treatment strategies are usually used to treat insomnia. Often the cause of insomnia has several factors and at SleepMed we have a multidisciplinary approach, enlisting the help of several key professionals to help.
1. Sleep hygiene
2. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
This involves relaxation exercises and other methods that help improve your sleep. A trained psychologist can help you unwind the cycle of anxiety and insomnia which are frequently closely tied and conditioned together. There is good evidence that this form of therapy is very effective.
3. Sleeping pills and sleeping aids
The most prescribed medications are hypnotics. At times insomnia is related to depression and anxiety. In these cases, anti-depressants may be prescribed to help insomnia.
Some people with insomnia try to treat themselves with nonprescription sleep aids that they find in pharmacies.. Some people even use alcohol to help them fall asleep. Doing this actually makes their sleep worse. There are many ways to treat insomnia that are common and effective. Always consult your Medical Practitioner before commencing on any treatments or seek a sleep specialist if your insomnia causes you to nod off during the day.
Valerian root & Chamomile are the most common & have some clinical backing. Others also claim to help but without supportive evidence.
At first, alcohol will make you sleepy and shorten the time it takes for you to fall asleep. However over time, it can make your sleep worse. It causes you to wake up multiple times during the night. Late at night, you will spend more time awake. You will also spend less time in deep sleep. The effect that it has on people with insomnia has not been studied. It can also increase problems with snoring and sleep apnea.
• Vitamins and Minerals
No careful studies have shown that they help you sleep better in any way . Patients with kidney failure were studied as they took calcium . High levels of calcium actually caused them to have insomnia.
Niacin might help you sleep better. But there is still no data to show that it helps with insomnia. Niacin may cause you to have flushing, an upset stomach, and itching. It may interact with other medications such as statins. Iron (ferrous sulfate) may help some people who have trouble falling asleep due to restless legs syndrome. But you should first talk to your doctor. He or she may want to do blood tests. Iron can cause nausea and constipation. Magnesium is thought to play a natural role in human sleep. It has a part in the production of melatonin. There is no study to show that the use of magnesium helps to treat insomnia.