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Commonly known as sleeplessness, Insomnia is a common problem of the present generation. Medically defined as an inability to attain a state of sound slumber that is enough to wake-up rejuvenated, refreshed and revitalised. This is generally, determined by the quality of sleep that one gets, regardless of the amount of time. Insomnia is not a sole-sleep disorder but is a symptom of another underlying biological disorder. Some of the symptoms of insomnia are:

  1. 1.       Incapability in falling asleep
  2. 2.       Short spans of sleep
  3. 3.       Waking up midway through sleep, frequently
  4. 4.       Exhausting type of sleep
  5. 5.       Trouble in attaining sleep once awake
  6. 6.       Resorting to sleeping pills or alcohol
  7. 7.       Daytime drowsiness
  8. 8.       Fatigue
  9. 9.       Irritations
  10. 10.   Difficult in concentration skills

Causes of Insomnia

Without investigating the source of your insomnia, it is difficult for you to cure it. Insomnia being a general reaction of the body to all discomforts in the level of energy and rest, there are many causes of the same. Following are some of the major causes:

  1. Psychological: Stress, depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, PTSD;
  2. Medicines: antidepressants, flu medicines, Midol, Exedrin, diuretics, thyroxine, corticosteroids and blood pressure medicines;
  3. Sleep disorders: Narcolepsy, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome;
  4. Physical disorders: asthma, Parkinson’s disease, acid reflux, cancer, allergies and kidney disorders;

Curing Insomnia

Insomnia being a common problem among zillions of people today, thanks to our ever-increasing stress and tension, curing it is ultimately necessary. There are many ways of curing insomnia, all of which is dependent on the source of the same. Following are some of the most effective ways of treating insomnia.

  1. Keep a sleep journal until your insomnia is rectified
  2. Restructuring your bedroom:  never work or leisure in your bedroom, use it for sleep and romantic ventures only
  3. Sleep schedule: maintain a good schedule of sleep
  4. Avoid all naps in the evenings: napping throughout the day can disturb your sleep pattern at night;
  5. Avoid stimulants before sleep: exercise, loud music,  TV, gaming and arguments;
  6. Limiting alcohol, nicotine and caffeine: avoid consumption of alcohol in the evenings, nicotine in the night and caffeine before sleep as all of these are stimulants that defer and disturb the quality of your sleep;
  7. Avoiding backlit devices: use an e-reader instead;
  8. Preparing the brain to sleep: increase exposure to daylight and limit the amount of artificial light at night
  9. Relaxation techniques: breathing exercises, muscle exercise, yoga and meditation;
  10. Healthy diet, medicines and supplements: Limit your use of antihistamines, sleeping pills and other sedatives. These are strictly, for temporary use and any use of more than five courses of a medicine on the consecutive or alternate days dictate regular use or addiction.