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Chronic Insomnia
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If you are having trouble sleeping for a couple of weeks, you may be suffering from chronic insomnia.

Insomnia, also known as "lack of adequate or quality sleep" is grouped into 3 categories:

• Transient

• Intermittent

• Chronic

In the United States, 10% of the population suffer from the chronic form of insomnia.

A lot of people do not know this, but the truth is that chronic insomnia is quite complex and there are really no straightforward answers to the cause of this sleep disorder. It is typically a symptom of certain underlying mental or physical ailment. People who are presently having trouble sleeping for sometime can consult a sleep specialist or their physician in order to determine the exact root cause of their inability to fall or stay asleep at night.

A variety of sleep apnea is known to cause chronic case of insomnia and so are the following physical ailments:

• Asthma

• Hyperthyroidism

• Arthritis

• Prostate issues

• Parkinson's disease

• Degenerative neurological disorders

• Kidney problem

• GERD

• Rhinitis

• Heart failure

Chronic insomnia is also caused by mental health problems such as:

• Schizophrenia

• Grief

• Anxiety

• Stress

• Panic disorder

• Depression

• Acute psychosis

• Mania

If you are having trouble sleeping, it could be as a result of behavior pattern such as alcohol consumption, shift work, caffeine, and medication.

Instead of administrating a simple treatment, it is important to understand that chronic insomnia requires holistic management. Medical experts can provide some help and some guidance, but patients are the ones who should actually manage the condition. In order to combat insomnia, then it is vital to successfully treat the underlying mental or physical disorder first. When it comes to treating insomnia (whether chronic or not), the treatment process includes the following:

• Adjusting one's lifestyle habits

• Taking part in regular, but mild exercises

• Creating an ideal environment for sleeping

• Consuming pre-bed time snacks that contain sleep-inducing tryptophan – foods such as figs, snacks, milk, tuna and dates

• Staying away from foods that contain tyramine

People who are having trouble sleeping also try other natural sleep inducing methods like:

• Hypnotism

• Relaxation therapy

• Soothing music

• Aromatherapy

• Meditation

• Yoga

• Cognitive behavior therapy - this method seeks to correct patient's perception of inadequate sleep

• Sleep restriction therapy (patient is only allowed in bed when he or she is ready to sleep)

• Sleep restriction therapy (patient's sleeping habits are monitored and bed is just meant for sleeping time, steadily increasing with the therapy)

If chronic insomnia is not well managed, this problem can result in a lot of other serious consequences. Handling heavy machinery and driving will become really risky; dizziness and sluggishness are quite common among people who are insomniacs. Aside from having trouble sleeping, patients also experience problems at their place of work due to low energy levels, lack of focus and poor work performance. Chronic insomniacs also have issues with their friends and family, irritability makes patients fly off the handle for no apparent reason.


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