6 Warning Signs Of Insomnia

We all have insomnia at some point. Too many worries are on our mind or we struggle to fall asleep due to an illness. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people. How do you know if you have it? Watch out for the following warning signs. Reversing these can nearly promise you better sleep.

You Have Difficulty Falling Asleep.

What are you doing before bed or in your actual bed? I’m guilty of using my phone while I’m laying down and trying to fall asleep. Yet, some experts advise against this. The light that shines from all our electronic devices is actually meant to wake us up and make us alert. When we read on our phone in the dark, it not only damages our eyes but throws off our sleep cycle. You may go to bed an hour or more later than normal due to you playing a game or reading an intriguing mystery novel. Worries and anxiety also keep you awake at night. Try to go to bed with a restful mind. Write out your anxieties on paper and reflect on them the next day. These are going to help you rest easy and it also doesn’t give the anxiety to control you.

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You Don’t Feel Well-Rested

This is primarily due to you waking up throughout the night. We may wake up to go to the bathroom, get a glass of water or get onto our computer. If you wake up, however, just lay in bed. Close your eyes and think of relaxing thoughts. What was the last fun thing you did yesterday? Practice deep breathing. Breathing deeper while we are sleeping actually helps us lose weight, but you have to have a restful night’s sleep for it to work. Too little sleep and you end up gaining weight.

Find Yourself Making Errors Or Having Accidents

This often comes from daytime drowsiness. Your body is running low on fuel since it’s not getting sleep. When you cut vegetables, you’re more likely to cut your finger then had you gotten a full night’s rest. If you’re proofreading a document, you may leave critical errors in it that a well-rested editor would not overlook. And, if you’re a childcare provider, you don’t want to take a chance at losing sleep. Their precious lives are in your hands and losing sleep could put them in danger.

Leave You Tired Upon Waking

While you might have slept, it was not a restful sleep. Instead, it was a sleep where you likely tossed and turned throughout the night. Your worries and anxieties made it impossible for your mind to shut off for the night. You may have a nightmare or two about your worries which stayed with after waking up. Sometimes this is a direct link to depression. It could also be linked to a health condition where you struggle to get the rest you need, such as arthritis.

Memory Problems 

Insomnia has commonalities with sleep deprivation, which is where you consistently lose sleep. This means that areas of the brain are effected over time. Your memories start to become less concrete. It’s harder to focus or concentrate on tasks at hand, such as driving or simple motor skills. Simply sitting in a chair or keeping good posture is going to become more challenging as time goes on. Insomnia can get worse if it’s not treated which is why you must see a doctor if any of these warning signs apply to you.

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Tension Headaches

These headaches cause pain from the neck to the forehead. They have the ability to be mild or severe, depending on how much sleep you have lost. As a result, it may cause you to have mood swings. While you’re normally cheery and upbeat, the headache may cause you to be irritable. These headaches stop me in my tracks. I may have plans for the day, but the headache is your body telling you to stop. It demands that you put your health first. These headaches often can be migraines, causing the individual to sleep a good majority of the day with a cool rag on their forehead. Take it as a warning sign that you have to turn your sleep around. You can’t let insomnia get out of control.

Finally, understand what is causing your insomnia. Have you done excessive traveling? If this is the case, it may be jet lag. Medical conditions such as stroke, bipolar disorder or depression can all find people struggling to get a restful sleep. Even hormones such as estrogen can disrupt sleep when women change seasons of life. Similarly, as we discussed earlier, electronic devices play a huge role in going to sleep. Put away the phone or tablet. Don’t bring a television or computer into the bedroom. If you can avoid all these causes, you’re sure to relax easy and sleep well.

James Montgomery

Hi, my name is James Mongomery. I work as a social worker in a high school and burn the midnight oil working on Soundful Sleep, a site that helps people sleep better. I take pride in the fact that I provide only the most useful tips and information without the fluff. My only objective is to help others get an amazing nights sleep to bring them peace of mind.

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