What is insomnia?
What are the symptoms of insomnia?
What causes insomnia?
Getting treatment for insomnia
Insomnia can severely affect the quality of your life but it is treatable. If you have been experiencing trouble with your sleep and it is affecting your daily life, then you should meet a doctor regarding this problem.
Treatment for insomnia usually focuses on identifying the underlying problem that causes insomnia. The doctor may prescribe suitable medication and certain behavioural therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia.
Caring for someone with insomnia
Insomnia can cause severe distress to a person and they are likely to grow irritable and frustrated. It is important that you remain patient with them and try to help them with their problem. Talk to them about their problem; if a worry has been affecting their sleep, talking about it might help them sleep better. If your snoring or alternate sleep routine is causing a disturbance to your partner's sleep, consider sleeping separately for a while. If the problem is severe, you should talk to them about a seeing a doctor.
Coping with insomnia
Insomnia can adversely affect your daily life but there are some adjustments you can make to help you get better sleep. Try to exercise and be active during the day. This usually helps you get a deeper sleep so that you are well-rested. Limit your caffeine intake and avoid alcohol and nicotine as they disrupt your sleep. Try to make your sleeping arrangements comfortable and do some relaxation before you go to sleep. If you are not able to manage your daily activities due to a lack of sleep, you should consult a doctor.
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