Over the last few articles, I have written about how depression and poor sleep are linked. This article takes a look at the chronic insomnia symptoms, identifying these can also lead to helping your depression.
Nighttime Chronic Insomnia Symptoms
Difficulty falling asleep is possibly one of the most recognized chronic insomnia symptoms. It can also be connected with waking up frequently during the night.
It is also common in people who suffer from depression to be very restless at night and often feel the need to be doing something, and this can also be linked with a rapid thought process, which exacerbates the chronic insomnia symptoms.
In studies, these symptoms are often called nighttime signs.
Daytime Chronic Insomnia Symptoms
The main four symptoms in the daytime can be poor concentration and focus, difficulty with memory, impaired motor coordination and irritability. Reduced social interaction can also accompany these symptoms.
Mental Illness And Chronic Insomnia
You can see by the symptoms mentioned above they are very close to the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
There are in fact very closely linked and frequently feed off each other. As the insomnia cycle progresses, the symptoms get inevitably worse.
Beating Chronic Insomnia
Many people turn to prescribed medication, and for some, this method does work. However, there are side effects and the risk of addiction. If a person has a mental illness, it is also possible that sleeping pills can be a factor in suicide.
The use of prescription sleep aids is quite staggering and can vary from age group to age group. Below is a chart from Statista and shows the percentage of people using prescribed medication in different age groups.
Find more statistics at Statista
Many people are often more successful in beating chronic insomnia using more natural methods.
Cutting out the use of electronics before and during bedtime is a great help, the blue screen (and Cyan) can cause the brain to think it needs to be awake. Also, consider relaxation music or sounds, this can be beneficial.
You need to focus on Sleep Hygiene, I wrote about this in an earlier article, click here to read it.
One method of creating a good sleeping pattern is to use a light alarm clock, and this will help create a sunset/sunrise effect and aids natural sleep. Many also include relaxing sounds. I recently reviewed the Somneo, which also included a breathing technique.
Do Not Self Medicate
Many people who suffer from chronic insomnia symptoms can self-medicate. This is usually either alcohol or drugs. Even though these have a sedative effect, it will also often make mental illnesses much worse.
It is a very common misconception that drinking alcohol will help you sleep.
Chronic Insomnia Symptoms
We have talked about the possible symptoms and ways to treat chronic insomnia. If you have chronic insomnia or feel you are suffering from these symptoms, seek help from a professional. They can offer the best advice. But you will find they will prescribe medication over any other type of treatment.
It is good to get into the habit of using natural sleep remedies and keeping up good sleep hygiene, this can help to promote a good nights sleep.
I am very interested in hearing your experiences of chronic insomnia and how you overcame it. Please leave your comments below.
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