Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Imbalance of Insomnia

Getting a good night's rest is key in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. But what if you can't sleep? Insomnia affects up to 1/3 of adults in Western countries, women more than men. Insomnia is a subjective disorder and is usually long term.  What causes insomnia and what can you do if you suffer from it?

There are many different types of causes
Circadian rhythm disorders are sleep disorders in which there is a mismatch between circadian rhythms and the required sleep-wake cycle. Parasomnias are unusual episodes or behaviors occurring during sleep. Many of them affect children which they usually outgrow.

It is important to treat insomnia because it causes decreased quality of life; is associated with impaired functioning in many areas; and leads to increased risk for depression, anxiety, and possibly cardiovascular disorders. The goal of course, is to lessen the anguish of living with insomnia and always being tired.

If you or someone you know suffers from Insomnia, click on this link to read more about Insomnia: Scientist Information and Treatment.

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