You might have heard about Insomnia many times in your daily commute. But do you really know what exactly is Insomnia? If you generalize insomnia, it would be defined as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep or be uncomfortable and wake up multiple times while sleeping.
You might have heard about Insomnia from the movies or maybe from few of your friends too. If you have heard about it through the movies, probably you are watching an over-exaggerated definition of Insomnia. For eg. The movie called ‘Shaandar’ focused on the portrayal of insomnia in the worst way possible. It said that people with insomnia can never sleep at all. This statement is not at all true. Human beings need rest for their body.
Insomnia can be both temporary or long-term. And there are multiple causes for insomnia in each case. We will go through it with the types.
- Acute Insomnia
Acute insomnia is the most common type. As the name suggests, this type is for a very short time. It might vary from 1 night to 7 nights. This insomnia is caused by temporary reasons such as stress in theworkplace, receiving bad news or travel. This is automatically cured when these reasons go away and you get back to your normal routine.
Solution– This insomnia is not a severe one and heals over time. The more you stress about things, the more time it will last. It normally occurs when you change your environment of sleep like your bed. Once you get back to your routine, you should be good to go.
- Chronic Insomnia
Chronic Insomnia is long-term insomnia where an individual has trouble falling asleep for a longer duration which is at least a few weeks where you cannot fall asleep for at least 3 nights in a week. This insomnia is caused especially by the lifestyle. It is especially seen in students who do not sleep in time for studies. Once they start studying at night, the body adjusts to the late timings which cause the students routine to change and results in insomnia.
Solution– This type of insomnia is a bit tricky to treat. A person has to change his or her lifestyle. Here a few tricks can play a vital role. Music therapy is one of the greatest technique. Here is a link to the sleep music. Listen to this music when you go to bed and it helps you fall asleep
- Comorbid Insomnia
This type of insomnia is related to our psychological conditions especially stress, anxiety, and depression. This usually lasts for a month or two when the person is emotionally or physically stressed or is depressed in some sort of way. Anxiety also plays a vital role in insomnia. Obsessive worrying about random things usually causes insomnia in a person. In this type, you not only have trouble sleeping but you also get uncomfortable while sleeping and wake up in the middle of the night. Nightmares are also a cause of this insomnia
Solution– This is a complicated type and includes psychological conditions. The best solution is to visit a therapist or a counselor who can help you in such situations.
There are many other types and subtypes of insomnia but all of them can be summarized into these categories. This was a brief article about insomnia. Please let us know in the comments down below if you want the other types and these in details.
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