Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents individuals from falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia is serious and can cause serious disruptions to energy level, health, ability to work, and overall quality of life and functioning. Insomnia can be short-term and triggered by a specific stressful or traumatic event, or long-term and last for weeks or months as a time. Insomnia is often caused by lifestyle factors such as increased worry or stress, lack of physical activity or exercise, increased caffeine, alcohol or nicotine intake, eating too close to bedtime, and lack of a consistent sleep routine (i.e. sleep and wakeup time). In these cases, lifestyle changes may cure insomnia. In other cases, insomnia may be caused by certain medications you may be taking, or health conditions such as sleep apnea, chronic pain, or mental illness like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Here are some common symptoms of insomnia, according to Mayo Clinic:
In some cases, insomnia may require prescription medication or over the counter sleep-aids to fix, or a referral for a sleep-study. Insomnia can occur in individuals of any age and there is no one cure for everyone. Allow Mindful to come up with an individualized treatment plan for you or your loved one to improve the quality of your sleep, and subsequent quality of your life.