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Suffering from insomnia? Symptoms, causes, prevention & home remedies to help tackle this issue

If you ever find difficult to sleep at night or you may find hard to stay asleep and wake up early, chances are there that you might be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is often termed as a common sleep disorder that may affect our health and quality of life. It may make us feel lethargic and affect our moods as well. Every person’s sleeping hours may vary but a normal adult must sleep seven to eight hours every night to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. If not given proper heed, insomnia may further lead to further chronic disease. Although it can affect people of all ages, it generally affects elderly people.

Causes of insomnia

A number of factors may often lead to insomnia. Some of the factors have been enlisted below:

  • Stress is said to be the leading cause of insomnia. Thinking about ongoing activities in our lives can keep our mind occupied at night, thus making it difficult for us to speak
  • Work schedule: Working in odd shifts can lead to insomnia
  • Jet lags is a temporary sleep problem that can affect those who travel quickly across multiple time zones. It worsens symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Unhealthy lifestyles and change in our sleeping habits can also cause insomnia
  • At times medical conditions like back pain and arthritis
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking
  • Drug abuse can also cause sleep disturbances
  • Obesity
  • Breathing problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Dementia and mental health disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating too much before going to sleep may cause heartburn thus keeping us awake

Symptoms of insomnia

People suffering from insomnia may have typical signs and symptoms that include:

  1. Difficulty in falling asleep
  2. Waking earlier and waking during night-time
  3. Fatigue, anxiety, and depression
  4. Lack of concentration
  5. Mood swings and continuous feeling of irritation
  6. Constant concern about our sleep
  7. Insufficient sleep syndrome is commonly known as sleep deprivation

Home remedies for insomnia

There is no true cure for insomnia, but there are several natural home remedies that actually work to get rid of this situation.

  • Maintaining proper sleep habit by following proper sleep schedule can be practiced at home
  • One must control negative thoughts during sleep
  • Limit activities in bed such as excessive use of gadgets during sleep
  • Don’t use excessive nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol
  • Yoga, massage, exercise, and other physical activities can improve the sleep cycle
  • Chamomile tea is a popular herbal tea which reduces inflammation, anxiety and treats insomnia
  • Lavender works as a sedative and helps bring about sleep

Take an appointment with a doctor or medical practitioner if you have any symptoms or signs that worry you. People generally seek medical attention when insomnia becomes chronic and have unsatisfactory sleep. Take any kind of vitamins or melatonin supplements only when advised by your doctor.

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