The word Insomnia comes from latin word in(no) and somnus(sleep). It literally means ‘no sleep’ or inability to sleep. Insomnia is an experience of inadequate or poor quality of sleep usually seen with one or more of the following complaints:
- Difficulty falling sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Waking up too early in the morning or
- Having sleep that is non-refreshing.
This affects general well-being, health and decreases the quality of life. It can increase risk for serious medical diseases such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Brain Attacks
- Mood Changes
- Accidents at work while driving
Insomnia is caused by number of factors:
Poor Habits like watching TV just before sleep, working till late on internet.
- Psychological Issues
- Physiological Factors
- Environmental Factors: Noise & Light
How to Identify Insomnia Symptoms
- During Day if you feel un-refreshed throughout the day, feeling fatigued, irritable or sleepy, having poor concentration or attention.
- During Night if you find difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, frequent arousal during sleep or waking up too early.
- Fix a bedtime and an awakening time.
- Minimize light, noise and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.
- Avoid napping during daytime
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, strenuous exercise close to bedtime
- Avoid late night watching TV, or working on computer
- Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine.