Can Chronic Insomnia Go Away?
Insomnia is a serious issue. With around 16 million people in the UK suffering from sleepless nights, it’s a problem that’s been exacerbated in 2020. Sleep is an essential part of day-to-day life and without with it, we risk jeopardising many other areas.
We all know how it feels to be sleep deprived. You may be at work and barely able to open your eyes; out with friends, irritated by the smallest things; or so tired in the morning that the day ahead seems an impossible task.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, so don’t panic if you’re experiencing it. There are different levels: both acute and chronic. To find out what makes these two different, head over to our blog that uncovers all.
Why Insomnia is such an Issue
The major issue with insomnia is that it quickly becomes a cycle – the more we experience it, the more we worry about it. You may be experiencing a period of disrupted sleep, which means before bed you’re likely to start thinking about the night ahead: will I be able to get to sleep at all?
This only makes you more apprehensive and worried, which keeps you wide awake. This results in a poor night’s sleep, and you’re likely to feel sluggish and unproductive the following day. When bedtime comes around again, the same thing may happen again.
While it’s a difficult cycle to break, it can be treated effectively. But there are a few things you should know about chronic insomnia before you seek suitable insomnia treatment. This is important, because when we understand these disorders better, we have a far better chance of implementing effective treatment.
What is Chronic Insomnia?
It’s vital that people understand what chronic insomnia is. With this knowledge, you can determine the severity of your condition – are you going through a brief period of acute insomnia, or are you suffering from chronic insomnia?
Chronic insomnia is defined as when a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for at least three nights a week for three months or longer. There are also two different types of chronic insomnia:
Primary Chronic Insomnia
There is little academic understanding surrounding primary chronic insomnia. There are, however, some theories. Scientists suggest that primary insomnia is down to fluctuating levels of the brain’s chemicals.
Secondary Chronic Insomnia
This is when chronic insomnia is caused by another condition. This maybe emotional stress, trauma, or more physical conditions, like diabetes, sleep apnoea or Parkinson’s disease.
What are the Causes of Chronic Insomnia?
Chronic insomnia can be caused by a range of factors. Again, like all insomnia, it’s important to understand these causes to give yourself a better chance to understand them and overcome your struggle with insomnia.
- Medical Conditions: these fall into the secondary insomnia bracket, things like diabetes, acid reflux, anxiety, depression and many more.
- Medication and Stimulants: both prescribed legal and other illegal substances that we put into our body can have an adverse effect on our sleep. These include anti-depressants, caffeine, beta-blockers, alcohol, nicotine and narcotics
- Lifestyle: significant changes or behavioural patterns can also have a big impact on our quality of sleep. These include limited physical activity, rotating shift work, poor sleeping environment, frequent napping and an absent routine
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Insomnia?
The symptoms associated with insomnia can be incredibly debilitating. When you suffer from insomnia, everyday gets a lot harder. These symptoms include
- trouble falling asleep
- waking up throughout the night
- trouble staying asleep or trouble returning to sleep
- daytime sleepiness or grogginess
- mood changes, such as feeling depressed
- not feeling rested after a night’s sleep
- waking up too early
- difficulty concentrating
- problems with memory
What is the Best Medication for Insomnia?
There are many ways to treat chronic insomnia. From cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to prescribed medication, there are options for those suffering. The issue is, these forms of treatment lack consistency. CBT is effective for many people, and ineffective for others; while medication can pose a number of nasty side effects.
There is alternative. At EKCL, our treatment gets to the root of your insomnia disorder. We don’t use prescribed medication because of the side effects that are sometimes worse than insomnia itself. We believe when it comes to insomnia treatment natural ways are the best path to take. Using electrotherapy alongside principles of auriculotherapy and reflexology, we offer a quick and easy solution to an issue that’s hard to overcome.
To find out more about our insomnia treatment, click here, or give us a call today. It’s 100% scientifically proven, confidential and simple to understand. Best of all, you can participate in treatment and beat your insomnia disorder from the comfort of your own home!