Do You Have Insomnia? And What It Is?

What is insomnia? According to psychotherapists insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so or the person is really tired. People with insomnia may also experience some of these symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

INSOMNIA (noun) inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.


Do you know what are the symptoms of insomnia?

At daytime:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Problems concentrating
  • Forgetting even the things you really knew
  • Clumsiness, accidents 
  • General lack of energy
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Not being able to be at your best

At nighttime:

  • Not being able to fall asleep
  • Not being able to stay asleep
  • Waking up before you should and not being able to fall back asleep
  • Waking up even from the slightless sound

Causes for postnatal insomnia:

  • Hormonal changes that follow childbirth are believed to be one of the major causes of postnatal insomnia.
  • The frequently changing levels of the hormone estrogen and other hormones during pregnancy and post delivery is often put to blame for postnatal insomnia.
  • Many other changes occurring due to hormonal fluctuations such as depression, hot flashes and anxiety can also individually affect a new mom’s ability to sleep. 

There is also Acute and Chronic insomnia. 

  • Acute insomnia is an episode of sleeping problems, it can sadly last even to few weeks.  It is usually caused by stressful life events such as job changes, exams or other personal life changes.
  • Chronic insomnia occurs more than three nights a day for a few month period. 

Causes of acute insomnia may be:

  • Significant life stress
  • Bad work schedule
  • Environmental factors 
  • Emotional discomfort
  • Physical discomfort
  • Some medications may as well disturb your beauty  sleep

Causes of chronic insomnia include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Illness
  • Chronic stress
  • Discomfort at night
  • Pain at night

Tests Used to Diagnose Insomnia

During diagnosed, you may have to keep Sleep diary Sleep diary, where you track you sleep pattern, it may help the doctor to observe you. But first doctors usually ask all kind of questions and they may be asked you sleep partner as well for more objective look for the doctor. Polysomnogram is also a valid test for diagnosing insomnia, it is a test which measures your activity during sleep. Last but not least is Mental health test because not rare insomnia is related to depression, anxiety, or another mental health disorder, this test is a component from three parts; mental health history, basic psychological exam, questions and your initial assessment.

The bright side is that most women are able to return to their usual sleep patterns once their baby begins to adjust and can sleep through the whole night, though for others the mixture of psychological and physical changes and the shock of becoming a mother, can lead to this problem becoming a habit.

Yours, Eva 

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