Sleep Disorder: Insomnia
Incidence and Prevalence
OVERVIEW OF INSOMNIA:
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 disorders 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.
INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE
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 Alzheimers and
Insomnia may also occur without any known causes.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF INSOMNIA
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:
Melatonin Stimulator (Ramelteon)
Herbs and Supplements such as: Valerian Root and Melatonin
Non-Pharmacological therapies include:
Behavior and Lifestyle changes as follows:
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
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 has been shown to be helpful in alleviation of
insomnia. Researchers have posited a number of theories as to the reason
for the magnets 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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