Insomnia is often considered a symptom rather than a disease. Take a few moments to speak to someone who suffers from insomnia though and they would beg to differ.
There are several types of insomnia though each can lead to the same negative impact on your overall health.
Outlines for the different types of insomnia include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Constantly waking up during sleep
- Inability to acquire sufficient sleep
Many people who suffer from insomnia tend to fall into a vicious cycle of thinking about the lack of sleep which creates the inability to sleep. It can generally begin with the habit of over thinking constantly which follows through to the hours assigned to sleep. The inability for the mind to shut off leads to the inability to enter a sleep state or to only enter a light sleep state.
Aside from fatigue, studies have shown that not receiving enough sleep can cause many issues including:
- Weight gain
- Depression, anxiety and emotional strain
- Weakened immune system
Feeling physically terrible due to the lack of sleep eventually ends up causing the insomniac to feel mentally drained. This may often times lead to the onset of depression and anxiety which as mentioned can aggravate and lead to a vicious cycle.
There are several things you can consider doing to help with insomnia. It is recommended that you turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed and avoid any confrontational media as well. Reduce caffeine intake during the day and take up a physical activity such as martial arts which can burn excess energy and also help to relieve mental strain.
Sleeping by 11pm is highly recommended as Chinese Medicine theory states this is the beginning of the gallbladder hour which is linked to the liver. This is important for two reasons. The first is that this is when yin begins to fade to become yang which means the body is naturally feeling drowsy. Secondly it is believed that blood returns to the liver when we sleep to be nourished for the next day. The Liver hour is 1am – 3pm, it is a window that needs to be met before the time begins. If you stay up past 1am you will notice a strange energy boost at that general time – this means you have lost the window for nourishing sleep that night and any sleep you do get will not prevent you feeling tired the next day.
If you have placed the above advice into action without decent result then it is recommended you try some acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. Research has shown that the use of acupuncture can assist patients with insomnia by seeking out the underlying disharmony and harmonising that. It is highly recommended to seek assistance as soon as possible to avoid entering a state of mental and emotional strain. Should you wish to make a booking or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.