What is Insomnia?
Insomnia, or sleep disorder, as it is commonly known, is the difficulty in falling asleep or remaining asleep or experiencing frequent awakenings during the night. During these faced paced and stressful times, insomnia has comprehensively affected today’s population all around the planet.
Understanding human sleep has been and will remain an unsolved mystery to the scientific fraternity. Some people have a tendency to fall asleep within no time of lying in bed while it is a real war for some of us. This could be due some genetic issues but it still remains unresolved.
Terminal Insomnia and Its Effects
Insomnia is of different types and of varying degrees. Depending on the duration of existence of this sleep disorder in our lives and the different factors responsible for bringing it in; Insomnia is classified in different types.
One such sleep disorder is Terminal Insomnia. This medical condition affects your sleep patterns and is also widely known as late insomnia. It is a frustrating condition in which you do not face any problem while falling asleep as soon as you hit your bed; but you wake up too early in the morning. You might wake up only in three-four hours into your sleep and no matter how hard you try; you find it impossible for you to fall asleep again. It also doesn’t help even if you go to bed earlier than your usual time or stay in bed for a longer time.
All this leaves you feeling exhausted, un-rested, and foggy when you get out of your bed to start your day. During the day too you would not feel refreshed, remain irritable, find it hard to concentrate on your work, and would find yourself being caught napping by your colleagues.
Why Terminal Insomnia Happens to Us?
The major factors and causes of inducing terminal insomnia are related to emotional stress, and physical pain and/or illness.
During these times stress is easily available to us. You won’t have to go searching for it. Our fast paced lives, work schedules et al all culminate in giving stress to our minds and bodies. This constant buildup of stress causes frustration and anxiety; and all of this anxiety plays havoc with our sleep patterns.
Some kind of physical illness or injury, which results in constant pain results in the increase of stress hormones in our bodies thereby affecting our sleep patterns and resulting in terminal insomnia.
If your digestive system is not working properly, then chances are that you may experience terminal insomnia too. If your body is unable to digest food normally and properly, then your body will take more time to digest food. The energy produced by late digestion would make you awake early during the night.
How to Treat Terminal Insomnia?
Insomnia, and it doesn’t matters of what kind, does not have just one cause or, for that matter, one solution.
I you really want to treat your terminal insomnia, and I am sure you really do, then the best way to do this is to simply cure the root cause(s) which is resulting in this condition. Once you determine the cause(s) of your insomnia, you can then easily determine the ways to effectively cure them.
You can also evaluate your circumstances and then try any, or a mix or even all of the following simple things to cure your sleep disorder:
- Ensuring a daily bedtime routine prepares your mind and your body to sleep and wake-up at a fixed time daily. Experts have pointed out to the efficacy of creating a standard night time routine in order to signal your body that now is the time to prepare for sleep
- You can also include Yoga and other relaxation techniques in your bedtime ritual. These are very effective in reducing your stress levels and in helping you achieve a normal sleep.
- If your terminal insomnia is due to a bodily injury or some physical illness like joint-pain, then ask your doctor to prescribe medicine to alleviate the pain. This would also ultimately help you in sleeping properly.
- Sometimes certain allergies are also responsible for playing with your sleep. If you are allergic to certain environments, like very early mornings, then you should seek a doctor’s advice to control your allergy. This would then help you in maintaining proper sleep as well.
- You should also bring-in positive changes in your sleeping environment (your bedroom) and make sure that it isn’t too noisy or too lighted up when you go to sleep. Maintaining a normal room temperature is also an important factor for you to stay asleep through the night.
- If you think that your terminal insomnia is being caused due to some emotional stress which you may be experiencing but are not fully aware of, then you should keep a diary along with you while sleeping. After you wake-up, the first thing you should do is, write down your thought and feelings. Since the emotional reasons, if any, might be in your subconscious mind; this record of your first thoughts will help you determine if there are any emotional reasons or any kind of fear, stress, worry or anxiety, which are hindering your sleep.
Every Short Sleeper is not a Terminal Insomniac
But don’t be too afraid to assume yourself suffering with terminal insomnia even if you sleep too little. You might be one of the “short sleepers“, who do not need as much sleep as most people do, and you can get along fine even with a few hours of sleep. If you feel well rested, refreshed and alert during the daytime even when you are sleeping around 5 hours every night, then you have no issue to worry about, my friend. That much amount of sleep is good for you and mark my words, most of the people around you would envy you for this fact!
If, however, if you never have been a short sleeper, and you are now finding yourself increasingly exhausted during the night, after sleep of short duration during the previous night, then you could very well be experiencing terminal insomnia. And then, it calls for some remedial action on your part.