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You are definitely not alone! 

Firstly, let’s talk about why sleep is important.

Sleep plays a huge role in the body’s restorative process. In order for the body to maintain an optimal function on a daily basis the body needs rest. 

As part of a healthy diet and exercise routine, sleep hygiene should be considered to maintain great health and wellbeing. 

A recent study from the sleep health foundation shows that sleep problems are quite common, almost 60% of Australian adults regularly experience at least one chronic sleep symptom that affects their ability to live out daily life functions. Researchers also found that 14.8% of respondents showed symptoms that could result in a clinical insomnia diagnosis. So it seems that suffering from insomnia is more common than you might think.

Sleep is actually an active process, when your eyes are closed and you are fast asleep your body is busy, actively repairing, strengthening and restoring your body. 

This is why according to scientists and medical professionals they state that sleep is vital for your health and that having poor quality sleep can lead to many problems with your health such as; 

  • An imbalance of appetite regulating hormones, which can result in overeating or undereating 
  • An inability to recognise important social cues and process emotional information
  • Impaired brain function and physical performance
  • Increased inflammation
  • Increased weight gain and obesity
  • A greater risk of stroke, heart attack and type-2 diabetes
  • Depression

You may have experienced insomnia personally or at least heard of this sleep condition that causes people to struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep.

There are many reasons one can suffer from a condition like this and many ways that it can present itself. 

Some may initially have trouble getting to sleep, and others may find that even if they can fall asleep, they may wake up several times throughout the night or struggle to get back to sleep. The worst part is that it can also dramatically affect daytime function. 

Symptoms of insomnia

Insomnia symptoms and signs may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking too early
  • Not feeling well-rested after sleep
  • Being tired or sleeping during the day
  • Irritability, anxiety or depression 
  • Ongoing worries about sleep
  • Errors, accidents and difficulty paying attention

More often than not when you have a sleep disorder like insomnia it can really affect the amount of sleep you get and also the quality of the sleep you do get which then negatively affects your day to day living. 

So what’s the cause or reason why someone may have insomnia?

Sometimes insomnia can be the primary problem, and sometimes it can be a side effect to another problem you may be experiencing

Causes: 

  • Medications 
  • Depression, Stress, Anxiety 
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Menopause 
  • Sleep Apnea 
  • Pregnancy 

Stress can cause many negative reactions in the body. Whether it be stress from work, money, health or relationships to bigger traumatic events like losing a loved one, losing a job or going through a divorce, these can all lead to insomnia. 

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Treating and assisting with sleep disorders : 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Sleep hygiene avoiding day time naps, following a sleep routine 
  • Lifestyle Modifications, including more experience and changing diet, removing caffeine and alcohol 
  • Introducing meditation and mindfulness practice 
  • Natural Remedies like CBD 

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