Insomnia is a symptom, not a disease, but
when you can't sleep. It is a symptom that keeps people going
into sleep or going back to sleep once they have awaken at night.
It is hard to care about the difference. About 50% of all Americans
go through about of insomnia at some point in their lives; one
third of us have it more often or on a regular basis. Any time
you are suffering from physical pain and discomfort, your risk
of insomnia goes up. Diseases of the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys,
pancreas and digestive organs always keep us awake at night.
People, who have emotional problems such
as anxiety, phobia or depression, are at risk for the type of
insomnia that makes it hard to fall asleep. Others fall asleep
easily but wake up very early and are unable to get back to sleep.
This form of insomnia occurs most often among older people, but
it may associate with depression as well.
One night without sleep or there is a good
reason why you are awake doesn't qualify as insomnia. But however,
ignoring insomnia is a mistake. Sleep deprivation not only makes
you less alert and capable, it can interfere with personal relationships
because of lack of sleep also makes most people irritable and
short tempered. Therefore, tailoring your diet, having less caffeine
drinks might help and adjusting your lifestyle and sleeping habits.
But if all these still don't work then seeking doctor's advice
would be necessary.
Listening to relaxing music shortly before
going to bed can de-stress your body and help you get a good nightˇ¦s
sleep. --- Steven Halpern, Ph.D., composer, researcher and author
of Sound Health; The Music and Sounds That Makes Us Whole.