I can’t sleep…

I’ve been dealing with insomnia for many years now. Insomnia is a sleep disorder which causes you to have problems falling and staying asleep. Insomnia has at least one of the following symptoms. Whether it be difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night with trouble falling back asleep. Anxiety, stress and depression can cause chronic insomnia. In return insomnia can make those issues worse. This sleeping disorder can also cause other emotional issues such as anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder or trauma. There are over 3 million cases of people who have this sleeping disorder.
Like I said I have struggled with insomnia for years. I was even taking Ambien at one point but it was becoming a nightly thing and my body got used to the medication. I have tried many different things to help me sleep including essential oils to ASMR. My insomnia tends to come and go. I have never paid attention to the cycle whether it matches with my depression flare ups but I will pay attention now.
Insomnia can be caused by mental or physical conditions. It can also be caused by unhealthy sleep patterns, certain substances or biological factors. Some of those medical conditions include:
• Nasal and sinus allergies
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Hyperthyroidism
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Neurological conditions
• Chronic pain
• Low back pain
These medical issues can also cause your sleep problems. Learning if your medications cause problems with sleep like some of mine. I have to take them in the morning so they have all day to keep me awake so I can try to get some sleep. I know when I was working overnights sleeping during the day was hard. Especially when I would get off and try to wind down as everyone was getting up for the day. Using your cell phones can also affect your sleep. There will be times when I lay in bed playing on my phone and then 2 hours go by and I’m still not asleep. Taking naps can be great to help you get some energy to get through the day but it makes it harder to go to sleep.
Sleep is an essential part of life. If you are having trouble sleeping and have looked into certain aspects of your life that could affect your sleep without any luck. Then talking to your doctor would be the next step because sleep is important.
Recommended hours of sleep needed:
Newborn (0-3 months) 14-17 hours a day
Infant (4-11 months) 12-15 hours a day
Toddler (1-2 years) 11-14 hours a day
Preschool (3-5 years) 10-13 hours a day
School age (6-13 years) 9-11 hours a day
Teenager (14-17 years) 8-10 hours a day
Adult (18-64 years) 7-9 hours a day
Over 65 7-8 hours a day
Lets be honest I want to sleep like an infant again!<3
Disclaimer: I don’t own the rights to this picture. I am not a medical professional. If you are having a medical emergency contact 911 immediately. This blog is for informational purposes only. If you believe you may have a medical issue contact your local medical provider.
References: http://www.helpguide.org


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