If you’re like me, and you have difficulties falling asleep at night, you’re not alone. It affects millions of people worldwide. According to study, almost 70 million Americans have some form of sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. 30 per cent. Of adults experienced short-term insomnia while about 10 per cent of people have long lasting insomnia.

If you are not familiar with the term “insomnia”, it means that you regularly have problems sleeping. Usually, it. Gets better by changing your sleeping habits. There are a few causes for the disorder. The most common is having to deal with stress, anxiety or depression. Other causes include:

  1. Noise
  2. Temperature of the room
  3. Uncomfortable beds
  4. Alcohol, caffeine or nicotine
  5. Use of recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy
  6. Jet lag
  7. Work Shift

For many who experienced insomnia, they have reported at least one of these symptoms: waking too early in the morning, unrefreshing sleep, and trouble falling or staying asleep. These symptoms can lead to developing other problems, such as fatigue, mood changes and irritability. The insufficient sleep or a night of unrefreshed sleep will paramount to difficulty concentrating on task ahead.

Having long-term insomnia will run a few risks down the road. According to the National Institute of Health, insomnia increases the risk of mental health problems as well as overall health concerns. Those suffering from insomnia has increased risk for medical conditions, for instance, stroke, weak immune system, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. It will also increase the risk for mental health disorders. These includes depression, anxiety, confusion and frustration.

Now that we know the gist of insomnia, what can we do to overcome it? Firstly, we can do some lifestyle changes. Here are some tips for beating insomnia. Waking up at the same time each day does wonders to your sleep schedule. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, try to exercise regularly. Working up a sweat can help to not only maintain your physique, but it also helps in eliminating excess stress. Do away with electronic devices before bed. Keeping at mobile phones or laptops before bed will only make you more awake. Lastly, make sure that your sleeping environment is comfortable. Ensure that the temperature of the room is just right and make the room as dark as possible. Additionally, putting some essential oils on your pillow or diffusing some of it can aid you in getting a good night sleep.

If all else fail, you should go consult a doctor as a last resort. Your doctor will look for the underlying causes and may prescribe sleep medication. They’ll also tell you how long you should take it. However, it is not recommended to take sleeping pills on a long-term basis.

Having insomnia from time to time is a common occurrence. Nonetheless, if the lack of sleep is negatively impacting your life, you should consult a doctor immediately. Having a good z’s is essential for our productivity. As the saying goes, there’s nothing that a good night of sleep can’t fix.