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A guide to identifying and treating sleep issues
According to the dictionary, insomnia is an inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness. And guess what? It’s quite a common complaint. In fact, the Australian Sleep Health Foundation states that around 1 in 3 people have at least mild insomnia at any given time1. Find out if you could have insomnia and discover tips that may help you beat it.
Many of us have experienced nights of poor sleep. You know the feeling, you toss and turn, stare at the ceiling, get up and go to the toilet, get up again to have a drink of water, you may even attempt to count sheep. This can happen if you have jet lag, you’re stressed about something or if you’ve consumed coffee, alcohol or nicotine before bedtime. So how can you tell the difference between a few restless nights and a more serious form of insomnia that may require specialist help?
According to the Australasian Sleep Association2, you may have insomnia if:
As stated by Sleep Disorders Australia3, there isn’t a single cause of insomnia.
It may be caused by medical conditions, medication or worrying events.
These could include:
And sometimes there is no clear cause at all - this is called primary insomnia.
Depending on the doctor or expert, there are many ways to describe insomnia including:
This is usually a one-off or brief episode of having trouble sleeping. Sometimes it’s caused by a stressful time in your life such as loosing your job or receiving bad news. It can also be caused by medication, drugs or eating too much food just before bedtime. Acute insomnia is usually resolved without any medical or specialist treatment.
Insomnia is usually considered chronic if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least three nights a week for three months or longer. There are many causes for chronic insomnia, which could include arthritis, asthma, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and nasal allergies.
This is when insomnia occurs with another condition. This could be a psychiatric symptom such as anxiety or depression, or a medical condition including arthritis and back pain.
This is when you have trouble falling asleep when you go to bed.
This is when you have wake up during the night and have difficulty falling asleep again.
This is when you wake up earlier than you’d like to and can’t fall asleep again.
Tips that may help you beat insomnia
Often, when people have trouble sleeping, they get annoyed or frustrated. This often makes it harder to fall asleep and can create a terrible cycle. One way to avoid this is to stop having an expectation of the amount of hours you need to sleep. If you don’t worry about it too much, you’ll probably feel less anxious and so possibly have a better sleep.
By the National Sleep Foundation4:
If you try the tips above and you’re still having difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep we recommend you seek professional help. Contact your doctor or a sleep disorder clinic to discuss your problems as soon as you can. If you’d like to discuss your mattress, to make sure your current mattress is the best one for your personal needs, contact you local Snooze store.
1 Australian Sleep Health Foundation
2 Australasian Sleep Association
3 Sleep Disorders Australia
4 National Sleep Foundation
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