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Did you know that over 4 million Americans suffer from insomnia of some kind? It’s no so much that they have trouble falling asleep, but that they have trouble staying asleep once it happens. My mother in law suffers from insomnia and I cannot tell you how many nights she lays awake after going to bed at a decent hour.
For some, getting a good night’s sleep is as easy as laying your head down on the pillow and then waking up when the alarm goes off. But for others, especially those suffering from insomnia, staying asleep is hard.
A full, uninterrupted night of sleep is critical for our immune function, memory and other vital functions that keep our body going.
I have a couple of friends who also suffer from insomnia. When they first were diagnosed, they didn’t even realize they had it. They thought that their sleep patterns were just off because they had stayed up late a few nights.
What they found out though is that more than 62% of Americans suffer with insomnia symptoms, but only 12% ever get diagnosed.
So — what are the symptoms of insomnia?
Insomnia symptoms look like this —
- Difficulty staying asleep after falling asleep
- Daytime symptoms consist of —
- Poor concentration and focus
- Difficulty with memory
- Impaired motor coordination
- Irritability and impaired social interaction
- Motor vehicle accidents because of fatigued, sleep-deprived drivers
If you suffer from insomnia, there is help! Check out this infographic to learn more about how insomnia affects your body.
The good news is that there are effective treatment options available for those suffering with insomnia. If you have trouble sleeping through the night, you should have a conversation with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms.
While you are waiting, there are a few things that you can do to try to get a better night’s sleep.
- Wake up at the same time each day — even if it is the weekend.
- Try eliminating alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine from your diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t take afternoon naps regardless of how sleepy you are.
- Try meditating before bed to rid yourself of stress.
- Don’t eat or drink right before bed.
These are just a few things you can try until you can get in to see your doctor. If you are having trouble sleeping, take the time and just see if you might be suffering from insomnia. You could be one of the 12% that goes undiagnosed.
How are your sleep patterns?