Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. Without it, functioning the next day is difficult. It is difficuly to concentrate, to complete tasks with usual quality. Emotions are easier to be stirred. Patience seems to be at a minimum. This reaction to poor sleep can add stress to work, personal and social relationships. These relationships already natuarally have a low current of stress and other times contain sources for hight stress. And, thus, the cycle is complete and insomnia due to stress leads to more stress and an amplified reaction to stress.
“Approximately one third of the population will suffer from insomnia at some stage in their lives” (health-concern.com). Insomnia is the state when an individual experiences little to no sleep for more than a week. Lack of sleep has also been shown to trigger weight gain, digestive problems, emotional problems and body pain.
Most stress related insomniacs suffer from short term insomnia. Sufferers can either have difficulty falling asleep or experience frequent waking during the night. Some complain of waking in the middle of the night, unable to return to sleep. No matter what part of the night is affectetd by sleeplessness, short term insomnia is most often related to stress. the individual has difficulty turning the mind off and, instead, ruminates on problems faced in employment or personal circles. If the insomnia tends to last for months, then something deeper, like depression, may be the culprit and will need treatment.
Ways to help avoid insomnia include ways the stressed individual would reduce stress elvels. Making a list of thoughts before bed can prevent the fear of forgetting something. Being able to concentrate on issues individually also helps. This is achieved by leaving work at work and concentrating on family and home when home.
If insomnia is ongoing and the individual feels it is significantly affecting his or her life, then it is time to turn for help. Help may be in the form of therapy or with a health care provider. The provider may prescribe a mild sleep aide. This is simply to help break the cycle. It is amazing how stressful things don’t seem as stressful after getting some sleep.
Other therapies that work for insomnia are to 1) reduce the intake of daily caffine, including chocolate;2) creat a nightly bed time ritual.;3) journal at the end of the day or 4) listen to relaxation recordings. The important thing is to turn the mind off for a while. Watching television or getting on the computer when unable to sleep will only stimulate the brain more and make it more difficult to go back to sleep.
“Experience and research shows that insomnia is generally a result of emotional pressure rather than organic illness and therapy treatments must begin at this level” (health-concern.com). It is highly encouraged that those experiencing stress related sleeplessness attempt to dissolve the stressor in some way. Adding or changing daily habits, such as diet changes and exercise, can go a long way to providing a body a better defense in coping and getting one ready for a full night’s sleep.
Reference: www.health-concern.com as retirved on 10/19/10