Are you having difficulties sleeping at night? Are you able to sleep for a few minutes then wake up in the middle of the night and not able to sleep back again? If you answer yes to any of these questions then I guess it’s time for you to visit your doctor for a check-up. You might be suffering from insomnia.
Insomnia is characterized as the difficulty to fall or stay asleep. Statistics show that an estimated 30%-50% of the population suffers from insomnia. People from all ages suffer from insomnia, young and old. This sleeping disorder does not choose its victim.
There are many factors that cause insomnia. One of which is stress. When you get too much stress from work, or because of personal problems, your body reacts to it differently. Some may be able to sleep for very long hours while others react by not being able to sleep at all.
Too much caffeine can also affect your ability to sleep. Caffeine which is commonly found in beverages such as coffee, tea and many energy drinks is commonly used to boost energy and heighten a person’s alertness so to stay awake longer. This is the reason why you should stay away from caffeine if possible.
Depression is also one factor that causes insomnia. Being depressed causes you to think too much about a certain problem you have. And whenever you think too much, you stay up for long hours and even if you try to stop thinking about the problem, you still end up thinking about it.
Shifting schedules at work also influences your ability to sleep. Your body clock has to adjust whenever you have a new sleeping schedule. Your body has already been used to sleeping during the night, and when you will be assigned to a graveyard shift, it will be very difficult to adjust to at first.
To have a healthy lifestyle, you must be able to get enough sleep every day. A typical adult needs around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This is to allow the body to regenerate and be able to stock up on the lost energy during the day. For the body to be able to function to its full potential, enough rest and sleep is much needed.
Going to the doctor is the best step for you to take. The doctor is a professional in the medical field so he knows a lot about this disorder and will be able to help you treat it. Remember that you are the one who controls your own life. Don’t let insomnia take control of view and affect your career and most especially your relationship with your loved ones.