Tired of tossing and turning at night? You’re not alone. In fact, Insomnia is the most common of all sleep disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Approximately one-third of adults report having insomnia symptoms — 10% of which have symptoms severe enough for them to be diagnosed with insomnia disorder (National Sleep Foundation). In order to prevent insomnia and take control of your sleep, it’s important to monitor your daily habits and note other possible underlying medical or environmental conditions.
The word “insomnia’ originates from the Latin “in” (no) and “somnus” (sleep) (NCBI). It refers to a common disorder characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep.
If you have insomnia, you may:
Insomnia can be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia lasts for shorter periods of time and is generally brought on by stress or a traumatic event. Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer and may be connected to other medical conditions.
There are two types of insomnia – primary and secondary. Primary insomnia refers to sleeplessness that cannot be attributed to an existing medial, psychiatric or environmental cause (AASM). If your insomnia stems from an underlying condition – such as other sleep or mental disorders, or substance abuse – it’s called secondary insomnia.
Here’s a comprehensive list of biological, psychological and social factors that may contribute to insomnia:
According to Matthew Walker, “The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century.”
Science shows that sleep deprivation:
Insomnia not only affects the individual with symptoms, but also his or her friends, coworkers, and caretakers. Insomnia patients are more likely to visit hospitals and physicians, have increased absenteeism, make errors or have accidents at work, and have more fatal road accidents (NCBI).
Whether your insomnia is acute or chronic, it’s important to be mindful of your daily habits and note other possible underlying medical or environmental conditions that may be affecting your ability to get good, consistent sleep.
Tips for preventing insomnia:
Junk light exposure when traveling can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Long-term exposure to light at night which accompanies shift work is listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Light at night has shown to be highly associated with significantly the risk of hormone specific such as cancers of the breast and prostate.
The flickering wavelength of light associated with LEDs and compact fluorescent lights emit blue light that inhibits melatonin production but also create a unique glare that impacts your retina causing eye strain, headaches, and physical and mental fatigue.
Red light and darkness move leptin and ghrelin into patterns that are (context dependent) associated with less hunger, while blue light does the opposite and can move both into patterns associated with more hunger.
Increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, due to circadian disruption. Memory recall is impaired with consistent sleep deprivation and may leave you distracted and not performing your absolute best.
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