What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes falling asleep or staying asleep difficult even when you have the chance to do so. Usually insomnia leads to daytime sleepiness, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell mentally and physically. Insomnia can undermine school and work performance as well as contributing to obesity, anxiety, depression, irritability, concentration issues, memory problems, poor immune system function and reduced reaction time. This sleep disorder has also been associated with a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease or diabetes.
What causes insomnia?
There are many physical and psychological factors can lead to insomnia insomnia. Here’s an extract of insomnia causes
- Mood disorders such as bipolar disorder
- depression, anxiety
- psychotic disorders
- Nasal/sinus allergies
- Chronic pain
Other causes of insomnia
- Sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
- Disruptions in circadian rhythm – Environmental noise, Jet lag, job shift changes
Media technology in the bedroom
This is actually an under-rated major source of insomnia. TVs, computers, video games, DVD players, mobile phones and any other back-lit electronic device in the bedroom disturb proper sleep patterns.
What are the symptoms of insomnia?
People with insomnia have one or more of the symptoms below
- Difficulty falling or remaining asleep
- Waking earlier than desired
- Non-restorative sleep e.g. unrefreshing sleep
- Daytime fatigue or sleepiness or low energy
- Poor concentration and focus
- Mood disturbance such as irritability
- Irritability, depression or anxiety
- Difficulty at work or school
- Tension headaches
- Difficulty in personal relationships
Insomnia treatments at Serene Reflexology
At Serene Reflexology we can help you improve the quality of your sleep. Have a look at our treatments and book a therapy session today to start having a better sleep that fully restores and re-energises your body.