Insomnia is a sleep disorder that regularly affects millions of people worldwide. There are multiple ways to describe insomnia.

Acute insomnia is usually caused by life events such as stressful, receiving bad news etc.

Chronic insomnia along-term pattern of difficulty sleeping more than three nights a week for three months or more.  And such insomnia which makes a person uncomfortable at night ( as in the case of arthritis or back pain, which may make it hard to sleep and day time drowsiness, fatigue or irritability.

Some people think that insomnia is not something you have. It is something that happens to you. People who suffer from insomnia their morning are tough, lack of rapid eye movement during sleep causes restlessness and emotional instability. Sleep deprivation disrupts their thoughts process triggering hallucination. Relying on sleeping pills or alcohol to fall sleep.

Insomnia can severely impact your ability to function on a daily basis and make you feel like you are living in a bubble.

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, “When you have insomnia, you’re never really asleep, and you’re never really awake. With insomnia, nothing’s real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.”

Once my friend Aena told me about her illness. She was an 18-year-old girl facing sleep disorder. She couldn’t sleep because of nightmares. She was very upset day by day her health was going down. Then she tried several approaches to treat insomnia such as relaxation techniques; yoga, meditation and guided imagery may be especially helpful in preparing the body to sleep.

Insomnia can be caused by physical and psychological factors. Commonly caused by environmental noise, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, medical condition, hormone shifts during menstruation and sleep next to a snoring partner, genetic conditions, nightmares, overactive mind and pregnancy.

You lie awake in bed all night, and then go to work for a full day asleep?

You know that enough caffeine will keep you from nor falling asleep at work, but even then you’ll be too tired to be productive?

Insomnia diagnosed is based on symptoms and the exclusion of other medical problems psychiatric problems and other sleep disorder such as

  • Reduce the use of sleeping pills.
  • Improve sleeping quality
  • Avoiding caffeinated beverages near bedtime etc.

It is common in older, adults, females and people with medical and mental ill-health. Various studies worldwide have shown the prevalence of insomnia in 10% – 30% of the population, some even as high as 50% – 60%. In worldwide being admitted to hospital for a sleep disorder.

Expert has described the situation as a hidden public health problem putting it down to rising obesity levels, excessive use of social media before bedtime and mental health arises engulfing young people. 

Submitted by “Asma Bint e Nasir”