Before you are taking your sleeping pills this night, just like you do every other night, check this. Insomnia is the most widespread sleeping disorder among adult USA population. According to a recent survey, insomnia makes over 25% of Americans suffer from its most unpleasant symptoms – difficulty falling asleep and multiple waking up through the night. This makes over 70 million people seek help from sleeping clinics. As a matter of fact, most of the patients are diagnosed with chronic insomnia. What is more significant, females are more prone to sleeping disorders than males.
“While wrong insomnia curing can do much harm, untreated insomnia may lead to severe headaches, acute neck and back pains, constant stress, irritability and blood pressure” says Dr. S. Feinsilver currently head of NYC Center for Sleep Medicine. So before taking your daily dose of pills, consider these facts.
1. Insomnia worsens as people age. According to the results of discussion on a recent conference devoted to the use of sleeping aid held by the Gerontological Society of America, almost 45% of middle-aged and elderly contestants experience difficulties falling asleep 3 out of 7 nights. This proves the clear bond between age and sleep disruptions. The problem is that the frequent consumption of sleeping pills by adults aged over 55 leads to overuse of diphenhydramine – a component that causes weak cognitive balance and sleepiness during daytime.
2. Taking pills is not a key in treating insomnia. Sleep hygiene is the right cure recommended by Dr. Feinsilver. This involves keeping your room cool, steering clear of caffeine for at least 8 hours before going to bed, avoiding long sleeps on weekends. “You are better off taking day-time nap to make up for the getting up early” insists Dr. Feinsilver.
3. Consider the food on your table. This year’s research of Louisiana State University suggests that drinking herbal tea, warm milk or cherry juice causes a positive impact on insomnia symptoms. However, Dr. Feinstein says that these home remedies carry nothing but a placebo effect. Yet, taking them seemed to be efficient for some of his patients. So it’s purely individual how warm tea works on you. As well as slowing down your mind, it may also cause desirable sleepiness.
4. Practice of meditation. Long overanalyzing of why a person keeps suffering from insomnia and keeping a sleeping diary may even sharpen the effects of sleep disorders. Therefore, Dr. Feinstein recommends not concentrating on the reasons rather on treating the problem. In fact, the findings of NCBI published in September 2014 prove that practicing meditation during chronic insomnia eases the falling asleep process as well as the remission period.
"The deepest sleep has human conscience. The constant insomnia - because of stupidity".
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