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Insomnia is a disorder in which there is an inability to sleep, this can mean:
– Not being able to fall asleep
– Waking up too early
– Waking for long periods throughout the night
– Not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep
Poor sleep can lead to a very wide variety of health issues these include changes in mood, lack of motivation and energy, irritability, low immunity and inflammatory conditions.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 of the U.K population suffer from Insomnia at some time in their life.
Insomnia can be caused by many things: Stress, anxiety, depression, medical conditions, bereavement, caffeine, smoking and alcohol and can be temporary lasting from a few days to a few weeks or chronic and ongoing.
For many people this leads to a visit to their GP and then onto a course of prescription sleeping pills, however, this is never an advisable long term solution. Whilst pharmaceutical sleep products do aid in alleviating certain aspects of insomnia, they also create a set of additional complications, the main being they do not help us achieve a state of sleep that is fully restorative, meaning when you stop taking them the brain tries to recover and sleep becomes worse. This gives the impression that they are addictive. Other complications include difficulty in waking up, a sluggish feeling and the route problem not thoroughly being addressed.
Sleep is a state of unconsciousness that gives our body the chance to rest.
During a night’s sleep our bodies go through different stages in a cycle lasting about 90 minutes
The stages are:
– Light sleep
– Deep sleep
– Dreaming (known as REM, this is the state of sleep our bodies need and often fails to reach whilst taking pharmaceutical sleep products)
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