Do you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep? You lay down in your bed at 11:30 p.m. You toss and turn. Your body is exhausted. Your thoughts jump from tasks that you needed to complete throughout the day to conversations that you have or didn’t have, arguments, or stressful events that you experienced. You worry about things that need to be accomplished. You feel stressed. It feels like you have been laying there for an eternity. You open your eyes to see that your clock reads 11:47 p.m. You become frustrated as the clock rolls and before you know it, it is 2 a.m. and you still can’t fall asleep. Or maybe falling asleep is easy, but after a few hours, you come to a sudden awakening, and it is only 3 a.m. You can’t seem to sustain your sleep throughout the evening and into the morning.
You may be dealing with insomnia. Common symptoms include depression, irritability, or headaches from being sleep-deprived. Waking up during the night or waking up too early are stressors that can increase fatigue and anxiety. If you have recently experienced a tragic or stressful event, such as losing your job, illness of a loved one, divorce, these may all lead to insomnia. While insomnia can go away on its own, if not treated it can lead to dangerous effects. Between 6 to 10 percent of adults have shown severe symptoms for not getting treated. Risk factors can include developing emotional disorders, substance abuse, hallucinations, and delirium. Reviewing your sleep history with your healthcare provider is the first step in your symptoms. Medications, lifestyle modifications, and developing bedtime routines can be implemented to achieve adequate sleep.
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