Insomnia is one of the most common problems that Americans face today. Sleep and wake disorders affect anywhere from 50-70 million U.S. adults, and it’s estimated that one in four workers has insomnia. According to one survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around one-third of all adults regularly sleep less than seven hours a night, which puts them at high risk for developing sleep deprivation.
As you get older, you may find that it’s even harder to get a good night’s sleep. This is a common problem that people encounter, usually during their 60s, and insomnia affects an estimated 50% of all elderly Americans. There are several factors that can affect a person’s sleep quality, so this problem isn’t entirely limited to the older population. It’s something that appears and disappears without much warning.
Here are a few of the most common questions asked about insomnia:
How can you tell if you have insomnia?
If you find that you’re unable to sleep through the night and wake up fully rested, or if you’re unable to fall asleep, you might have insomnia. Most people experience symptoms during their waking hours, such as irritability, increased appetite, excessive fatigue, and poor reasoning skills.
What should you do if you think you have insomnia?
It is important to talk to a medical professional. In some cases, your general practitioner may refer you to a sleep specialist for testing. Ignoring insomnia, will only make it worse. The mental and physical effects of poor sleep quality can be very severe. It’s also possible that your insomnia is a symptom of another medical condition, such as depression or anxiety.
How is insomnia usually treated?
There are many treatments available for those suffering from insomnia. Some treatments may include drug therapy, either with prescription sleep aids or over-the-counter sleep aids. Other solutions focus on developing habits to ensure better sleep quality. This often includes meditation, creating a healthy sleep schedule, breathing exercises, drinking less caffeine and/or alcohol, and exercising more during the day. If your insomnia is related to physical aches and pains that make it difficult to find comfort while sleeping, you may find that adjustable beds and pillows provide more comfort.
Insomnia can be a difficult medical condition to work through, but there are many treatment options available. It isn’t something you have to deal with forever!
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