The Facts About Insomnia
Does this sound familiar? Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is the place you go to rest, relax and unwind. It is also the place that you watch television or log into your laptop for some late night work or browsing on Facebook. Is your bedroom really a place of relaxation and rejuvenation or has it become a super highway of activity that is not conducive to getting a good night’s sleep?
Like we said you are definitely not alone because more people are reporting issues with getting good quality sleep. We found a great infographic called "The High Cost of Insomnia" that discusses why it is such an important issue and the impact that it has on our health, productivity and well being.
Did you know that there are three unique types of insomnia Transient, Acute and Chronic? We all experience transient insomnia from time to time and it is perfectly natural. It can result from stress, diet or other factors and usually lasts 1-2 nights at most. Acute insomnia is categorized as multiple days or even weeks in succession without achieving a quality sleep. When acute insomnia is present a variety of cognitive problems can occur such as loss of productivity, precision and motivation for daily functions as well as a loss of alertness.
Chronic insomnia is generally related to a habitual aspect or an environmental issue. This severe type of insomnia can actually create additional health and safety issues for the individual.
What factors contribute to insomnia?
- Brain or circulatory disorders
- Uncomfortable sleeping conditions
- Sleep apnea / Snoring
What’s really alarming are the residual effects of poor sleep. Medical studies have shown that individuals with poor sleep patterns have a higher rate of depression, Type II Diabetes, short term memory loss and lead a more sedentary lifestyle due to chronic fatigue. Over eating and substance abuse including increased rates of smoking can also be part of the picture as stimulants are often used to make up for lost energy.
But wouldn’t it be easier to just get a good night of sleep instead?
So how do you get back on track for a healthful night of sleep? Start by avoiding stimulants such as sugar, caffeine or other stimulants for at least three hours prior to bed time. About one hour prior to going to bed, turn off your electrical devices and unplug. A book or some quiet writing or other non-screen activity will help you unwind and allow you to achieve a deeper sleep.
Your bedroom should be as uncomplicated as possible. Televisions and other flashing light devices should be removed if you are experiencing instances of insomnia. Also consider your best sleeping temperature might be a few degrees cooler than you thought. Cooler air is easier to breathe for most people and a more comfortable environment for falling asleep.
Create an optimal environment for rest and rejuvenation by simplifying your bedroom and choosing quality organic mattress and bedding that will support a good night’s rest.
The High Cost of Insomnia infographic