Finding it hard to fall asleep or to stay asleep? It’s possible you are suffering from sleep insomnia. This condition may be a result of stress or due to medical conditions such as sleep apnea, depression, asthma, heartburn, pain.
You may be feeling stressed out due to:
Not sure if what your experiencing is sleep insomnia?
These are some of the symptoms of sleep insomnia and may last for just a night or more than a month.
If you find that the condition lasts for more than a week and is becoming chronic, I suggest that you see your doctor for them to examine you and provide treatment.
For more information on sleep insomnia and treatment, check out this PDF document from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine where it is discussed in more detail.
It is important to have good quality sleep because:
A good night's rest is among the first to fall victim when I am under a lot of stress.
I go to bed at nights and it takes me a long while to fall asleep (sometimes I even count sheep, - but it never helps). When I do eventually cross over into dreamland, I get up at odd hours, 12 a.m., 2 a.m. then 4 a.m., and then the alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m. Aaargghh!!
I must confess those are the mornings that if you see me coming, you best bid me a quick good morning and then keep it moving. Cause I am grouchy, irritable, and far less patient.
But that is not healthy for me or my interaction with others at home or at work.
So what do I do about it?
I work out in the mornings (yes, even with the lack of sleep I draw upon my last ounce of strength to do a workout). My energy level determines how vigorous I do the exercise but what is important is that I keep moving. When I am done I have a more positive attitude and my day is more manageable.
I also make sure I have a well-balanced breakfast and at bedtime, I have a relaxing bath and fall asleep listening to soothing music, whether instrumental or sounds of nature.
Of course, you may not choose to handle things the way I do and so there are several other relaxation techniques that you can do at home to help relieve transient or acute sleep insomnia.