Insomnia is described as inadequate or poor quality sleep caused by difficulty falling asleep; difficulty staying asleep; waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep; waking up too early in the morning; or unrefreshing sleep. This can result in daytime impairment that may include irritability, depression or anxiety, memory problems, flawed judgment, poor attention or focus, increased errors, increased accidents, and many different physical symptoms. Multiple factors contribute to all the various types of insomnia.
To help combat insomnia, consider the following factors.
- A totally dark bedroom room may be very important.
- Bedroom temperature is a factor in making sleep easier.
- A comfortable mattress is essential and may need periodic replacing.
- Noise levels within the house and noise of neighbors can affect sleep.
- Breathing well is essential to sleeping well.
- Eating in bed or operating a business out of the bedroom may inhibit sleep.
- Tossing and turning may increase wakefulness.
- Eating too much and too close to bedtime can inhibit sleep.
- Too many naps and afternoon sleeping may affect ability to go to sleep at night.
- Exercise in the evening can energize and prevent sleep.
- Obsessing about problems after going to bed can prevent sleep.
If after trying the above measures that may apply, and insomnia continues, consider a sleep study.