It is defined as the persistent difficulty or the inability to fall and/or stay asleep. This condition may have no apparent aetiology, but is often a symptom of an underlying medical or psychological condition. It is generally not considered a disease, but rather a symptom of other pathologies (e.g., anxiety, depression or pain). Ongoing sleep impairment interferes with normal daytime function. The amount of sleep required by adults is slightly longer than 8 hours. It is classified as chronic if it persists for 4 weeks or longer.

There are two common types:

  • Delayed sleep onset (i.e., difficulty getting to sleep)
  • Frequent awakenings (i.e., difficulty staying asleep)

Possible Causes

  • Psychiatric and neurologic disorders: stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, restless leg syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Medical problems that can cause: asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, acid reflux, kidney disease, cancer, chronic pain
  • Sleep disorders that can cause: sleep apnoea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome.
  • Substance abuse: caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs, long-term sedative use, stimulants; nicotine can cause restlessness while quitting smoking can cause transient insomnia.
  • Disruption of circadian rhythms: shift work; travel across time zones.
  • Menopause: It is present in 30% to 40% of menopausal women. It may be due to hot flushes and night sweats, anxiety, and/or change in progesterone levels.
  • Certain medications: decongestants and bronchodilators, and beta-blockers may lead to a variety of sleep disorders including mild, transient insomnia
  • Other: high-fat diet, lack of exercise, food sensitivities and blood sugar disorders have all been linked.

Signs And Symptoms

The consequences of lack of sleep, particularly when prolonged, include:

  • Decreased concentration and diminished memory
  • Daytime drowsiness and impaired functioning/task performance
  • Less enjoyment of activities and social interaction
  • Increased likelihood of alcohol and other substance abuse
  • Headaches
  • Irritability and mood disorders
  • Waking unrefreshed in the morning, despite feeling tired.
  • Anticipatory anxiety; It can become a vicious cycle with bed and bedtime coming to represent restlessness and anxiety

How Can Natural Medicine Help?

We can provide natural treatment for the relief. Get a good night sleep with the use of a wide range of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements. Linda will provide a specialised treatment plan that will not only help you to fall asleep but stay asleep, as well as treating the underlying problems

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