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Sleep Disorder: Insomnia
• Overview
• Incidence and Prevalence
• Causes
• Symptoms
• Conventional Treatment
• Alternative Treatments
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Derived from Latin, meaning “no sleep” insomnia is having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. This disorder, considered a symptom rather than a stand-alone disease or diagnosis, may be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. Though there are set guidelines on what is considered adequate hours of sleep, individual needs may vary. Most health practitioners and research scientists recommend 7-8 hours a night for the average adult.
Insomnia is usually classified based on the disorder’s duration.
 •  Transient Insomnia – Symptoms last less than one week
 •  Short Term Insomnia – Symptoms last from one week to three weeks
 •  Chronic Insomnia – Symptoms last more than three weeks.

Insomnia affects all age groups, though it does tend to increase with age. As adults more women have insomnia than men. Individuals with lower socioeconomic status are more likely to develop insomnia than those with higher incomes. Other groups with higher prevalence are chronic alcoholics and those with mental illnesses.

The causes of transient and short term insomnia are similar and include: jetlag, high altitudes, uncomfortable room temperature, noisy environment, changes in shift work, stress inducing situations i.e. loss of a loved one, unemployment, divorce, or pretest jitters and anxiety, acute illness or hospitalization, drug or alcohol withdrawal.
The causes of long term or chronic insomnia involve either physiological or psychological conditions.
Psychological conditions that lead to insomnia include: Stress, anxiety, mania, depression and schizophrenia.
Physiological conditions that trigger insomnia include: Chronic pain disorders, cardiac conditions such as congestive heart failure and angina (chest pain), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other breathing problems caused by diseases such as asthma and sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome and acid reflux disease (GERD). Other causes include brain tumors and stroke as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Insomnia may also occur without any known causes.

• Difficulty falling asleep often resulting in tossing and turning
• Having trouble going back to sleep after awakening
• Feeling fatigued and un-refreshed when awakening.

Insomnia is best treated by focusing and treating the underlying cause. In conjunction with treating the cause, other therapies can be used that are more symptomatic. Treatment involves both medical and non-medical intervention, and has shown best results when both methods are used concomitantly rather than on their own.

Pharmacological therapy includes:
• Sedatives
• Melatonin Stimulator (Ramelteon)
• Antidepressants
• Antihistamines
• Herbs and Supplements such as: Valerian Root and Melatonin

Non-Pharmacological therapies include:
Behavior and Lifestyle changes as follows:
• Relaxation Exercises.
• Establishment of good sleeping habits – same bedtime and rise time everyday no matter what the circumstances are.
• Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine should not be consumed 4-6 hours before bedtime
• Bed should be used for sex and sleep and not other activities such as reading or watching TV.
• Bedroom temperature should be kept at a comfortable level and should be dark and quiet.
• Bed must have a good mattress that offers adequate support

Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic Therapy has been shown to be helpful in alleviation of insomnia. Researchers have posited a number of theories as to the reason for the magnet’s effectiveness with sleep improvement. One theory focuses on the pineal gland.

The pineal gland is an endocrine gland located deep within the brain. The only hormone that this gland secretes is melatonin. Melatonin is crucial in regulating sleep cycles. Clinical studies have shown that people injected with melatonin became sleepy. In fact the pineal gland increases production of melatonin coincident with nightfall with resulting sleepiness, and stops producing melatonin at dawn with ensuing wakefulness. Magnetic therapy is believed to stimulate the pineal gland to increase production of melatonin naturally. Another theory that is put forth is that magnets produce a calming, therapeutic field that soothes away tension and stress as it penetrates the skin, tissue and bones. In a double-blind clinical study conducted in three hospitals in Japan in 1990 researchers used magnetized mattress pads on a group of patients. The improvement seen in patients suffering from insomnia was impressive. A large majority of the patients showed positive results with a significant alleviation of their insomnia symptoms. In addition, those in the study did not exhibit side effects, often seen with drug therapy.
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Additional Alternative Treatments:
• Acupuncture
• Aromatherapy
• Herbal Therapy
• Homeopathy
• Hypnosis
• Massage
• Yoga

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