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Insomnia & Ayurveda


Insomnia is a condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. Some people with Insomnia may fall asleep easily but wake up too soon. Other people may have the opposite problem, or they have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. The end result is poor-quality sleep that doesn't leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
Most adults have experienced Insomnia or sleeplessness at one time or another in their lives.
An estimated 30%-50% of the general population are affected by Insomnia, and 10% have chronic Insomnia.
Insomnia is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. By definition, Insomnia is "difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both" or the perception of poor quality sleep. Insomnia may therefore be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. Insomnia is not defined by a specific number of hours of sleep that one gets, since individuals vary widely in their sleep needs and practices. Although most of us know what Insomnia is and how we feel and perform after one or more sleepless nights, few seek medical advice. Many people remain unaware of the behaviour and medical options available to treat Insomnia.
Insomnia affects all age groups. Among adults, Insomnia affects women more often than men. The incidence tends to increase with age. It is typically more common in people in lower socioeconomic (income) groups, chronic alcoholics, and mental health patients. Stress most commonly triggers short-term or acute Insomnia. If you do not address your Insomnia, however,it may develop into chronic Insomnia.
Some surveys have shown that 30% to 35% of Americans reported difficulty falling asleep during the previous year and about 10% reported problems with long standing Insomnia. There also seems to be an association between depression, anxiety, and Insomnia. Although the nature of this association is unknown, people with depression or anxiety were significantly more likely to develop Insomnia.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia Causes
Insomnia may be caused by a host of different reasons. These causes may be divided into situational factors, medical or psychiatric conditions, or primary sleep problems. Insomnia could also be classified by the duration of the symptoms into transient, short-term, or chronic. Transient Insomnia generally last less than seven days; short-term Insomnia usually lasts for about one to three weeks, and chronic Insomnia lasts for more than three weeks.
Many of the causes of transient and short-term Insomnia are similar and they include:
  • Jet lag
  • Changes in shift work
  • Excessive or unpleasant noise
  • Uncomfortable room temperature (too hot or too cold)
  • Stressful situations in life (exam preparation, loss of love, unemployment, divorce, or separation)
  • Presence of an acute medical or surgical illness or hospitalization.
  • Withdrawal from drug, alcohol, sedative, or stimulant medications.
  • Insomnia related to high altitude(mountains)
Uncontrolled physical symptoms (pain,fever, breathing problems, nasal congestion, cough,diarrhoea etc.) can also cause someone to have Insomnia. Controlling these symptoms and their underlying causes may lead to resolution of Insomnia.

Causes of Chronic or Long-Term Insomnia

The majority of causes of chronic or long-term Insomnia are usually linked to an underlying psychiatric or physiologic(medical) condition.
Psychological Causes of Insomnia
The most common psychological problems that may lead to Insomnia include:
  • Anxiety,Depression.
  • Stress (mental, emotional, situational, etc)
  • Schrizophenia.
Insomnia may be an indicator of depression.Many people will have Insomnia during the acute phases of a mental illness. As mentioned earlier, depression and anxiety are strongly associated with Insomnia. Out of the all the other secondary medical and psychological causes of Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression are the most common.

Physiological Causes of Insomnia

Physiological causes span from circadian rhythm disorders (disturbance of the biological clock), sleep-wake imbalance, to a variety of medical conditions.
The following are the most common medical conditions that trigger Insomnia:
  • Chronic Pain syndromes
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Congestive Heart failure.
  • Night time (chest pain) from heart disease.
  • Nocturnal Asthma (Asthma with Night time breathing symptoms)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease(Often Insomnia is the deciding factor for nursing home placement.)
  • Brain tumors, strokes, or trauma to the brain

High Risk Groups for Insomnia

In addition to people with the above medical conditions, certain groups may be at higher risk for developing Insomnia:
  • Travelers
  • Shift workers with frequent changing of shifts
  • Seniors
  • Adolescents or young adult students
  • Pregnant women.
  • Women in menopause.
  • People who use abuse drugs.
  • Alcoholics.

Medication Related Insomnia

Certain medications have also been associated with Insomnia.
Among them are:
  • Certain over-the-counter cold and asthma preparations.
  • The prescription varieties of these medications may also contain stimulants and thus produce similar effects on sleep.
  • Some medications used to treat high blood pressure have also been associated with poor sleep.
  • Some medications used to treat depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

Other Causes of Insomnia

  • Common stimulants associated with poor sleep include caffeine and nicotine.
    You should consider not only restricting caffeine and nicotine use in the hours immediately before bedtime but also limiting your total daily intake.
  • People often use alcohol to help induce sleep, as a nightcap.
    However, it is a poor choice.Alcohol is associated with sleep disruption and creates a sense of non-refreshed sleep in the morning.
  • A disruptive bed partner with loud snoring or periodic leg movements also may impair your ability to get a good night's sleep.

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Some people with Insomnia may complain of difficulty falling asleep or waking up frequently during the night.
    The problem may begin with stress. Then, as you begin to associate the bed with your inability to sleep, the problem may become chronic.
  • Most often daytime symptoms will bring people to seek medical attention.

  • Daytime problems caused by Insomnia include the following:
  • Poor concentration and focus.
  • Difficulty with memory.
  • Impaired motor coordination (being uncoordinated).
  • Irritability and impaired social interaction.
  • Motor vehicle accidents because of fatigued, sleep-deprived drivers.
  • People may worsen these daytime symptoms by their own attempts to treat the symptoms.
  • Alcohol and antihistamines may compound the problems with sleep deprivation.
  • Others have tried nonprescription sleep aids.
Many people with Insomnia do not complain of daytime sleepiness, and in fact, they may have difficulty falling asleep during intentional daytime naps.


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