Insomnia Analysis - An Eye Opener on the Risks of Sleeping Disorder


What is sleep?

Sleep is a component of every person's overall health which is often neglected by us because of work, watching movies, chatting, etc...

The natural state of rest where your body sleeps into a mode of unconsciousness is called sleep. During this, your body takes rest over all its parts.

Why do we sleep when bored?

Obviously, people do sleep when they are bored or when they attend a boring lecture and that is because when you are bored, your brain gets inactive and turns to sleep mode.

When you do something interesting you never get bored and so your brain will be hyperactive to do that or listen to that.

For eg: watching movies, series or playing your favorite game or sport, etc., never makes you bored and sleepy.

Classification of sleep:

There are two categories, namely
  • REM Sleep:
    • REM Sleep is when dream sleep is happening. That is when dreaming occurs.
  • Non - REM Sleep:
    • Non - REM sleep consists of three stages where other kinds of sleep occur.
Three stages of Non - REM Sleep:

Non - REM Sleep is classified into three types, namely,
  • Very light sleep: We can say that one had very light sleep when they say, "They didn't sleep" when we wake them during their sleep and they can be awakened easily.
  • Light Sleep: The second stage of sleep is also called light sleep which typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes where you become less unaware of your surroundings.
  • Slow-wave sleep: This is the final stage of Non - REM sleep. It is called the deepest stage of sleep as it is difficult to awaken someone during their slow-wave sleep.

Therefore, when we sleep, all these stages come in a cycling process across REM and Non - REM Sleep.

Insomnia - when is it a problem?
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Due to stress
  • Due to a mental disorder
  • Due to a medical disorder
  • Due to substances (Cigarettes, medications, etc. )

What is Insomnia?

It is a 24-hour disorder that is a combination of having poor sleep at night and suffering during the day.

It is either because you are distressed about not sleeping at night or because you feel that not sleeping enough or you didn't have a good enough quality of sleep.

This affects your functioning during the day. So when you feel this combination then that's when we call it insomnia.

How To Deal With Insomnia:

  • Avoid caffeine, stimulants, and energy drinks.
  • Follow a bedtime routine (personal hygiene like brushing, changing into bedtime clothes).
  • Maintain a moderate temperature in your bedroom that is about 18 to 25 degrees.
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

Tips For Good Night Sleep:

  • Follow a consistent sleep schedule.
  • Have a shower before bed.
  • Keep your bedroom dark and cool.
  • Finish eating dinner 2 to 3 hours before bed. Turn off your devices hours before you go to bed.
  • Late-night working, studying, and stressing is not good for your health.
  • Good night's sleep - Most teenagers need 8 - 9 hours and most adults needs at least 7.5 hours.

Written By - Rincy Saj
Edited By - Daniel Deepak Charles

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