I thought it wise to speak about something that i have gone through and i am quite certain this isn’t peculiar to just me. If you are suffering from this or do not even know what it is, kindly read to be enlightened.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder; the inability to sleep. Yeah! i get you there, i hear someone say i need this topic.
WHAT IS INSOMNIA? like I earlier discussed it is the inability to sleep. it is considered the most common sleep disorder. According to NHS.UK ‘It’s a common problem thought to regularly affect around one in every three people in the UK, and is particularly common in elderly people. Insomnia is when you lie awake for long periods at night, wake up several times during the night, wake up early in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep, not feel refreshed when you get up, find it hard to nap during the day, despite feeling tired, feel tired and irritable during the day and have difficulty concentrating (nhs.uk).
Insomnia can either be primary Or secondary. By primary it means that the sleep problem are not directly linked with any other health condition or problem. On the other hand, Secondary insomnia can be induced by other health issues or conditions such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer or heartburn; pain; medicine being taken; or a substance being used, like alcohol.
- difficulty getting to sleep
- difficulty staying asleep (waking up often and finding it hard to get back to sleep)
- waking up early in the morning
- feeling tired, irritable and unable to concentrate the next day (bupa.co.uk)
It can either be short or long term, not all require medication. It can be caused by various factors which includes;
Natural Remedies from (bupa.co.uk)
- Take regular exercise, but don’t do strenuous activity within four hours before you go to bed as this may disturb your sleep.
- A warm bath, a warm milky drink, reading or listening to soothing music may help you relax before you go to sleep.
- Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. This will help you develop a sleep pattern.
- Only go to sleep when you’re feeling sleepy. If you can’t sleep, go to a different room and read, listen to quiet music or do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.
- Make sure your room isn’t too hot or cold, or too noisy. Have a supportive mattress on your bed. Wear ear plugs or an eye mask if it helps you filter out any noise or light.
- Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only and not for work.
- If something is on your mind, but you can’t do anything about it right away, write it down before you go to sleep. You can then sort it out the next day
please note; if you are on a weight loss journey, sleep is one good factor that can help you loose weight, so talk to us about your sleep problems and we will try as much as we can to help you handle it naturally.
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I am Dr. Christiana Stephen, a wife, a mom of 4 under 4 year old kids, a photo lover, makeup artist, a wellness coach and a lecturer. Motherhood for me is ongoing, its a period of learning and unlearning. I am passionate about a lot of things but most importantly helping mothers around the world reach their wellness goals comes as top priority. Hence, I have created this community for every woman out there. Feel free to be part of this amazing journey of motherhood and wellness. I will say raising this community is inspired by my experience and learning process. The main essence is to empower moms on the benefits of healthy living as well as the need to create a life work balance.
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