Published on Apr 26, 2017 and last reviewed on Feb 03, 2020 - 2 min read
Insomnia means in short, "disease of sleep".
When you have difficulty to initiate sleep, difficulty in maintaining sleep, or getting unsatisfied sleep, then you are probably suffering from insomnia.
Check Out Yourself if You Have Any of the Following Symptoms:
If any of the above symptoms is associated with you, then you are suffering from insomnia. It is quite natural to have such symptoms some or other times when you are in stress. But if you are having these symptoms for more than 20 days, then you definitely need treatment.
Insomnia is common in females, middle aged people and old aged people. And more common in night shift workers and people who are physically or mentally ill. Young boys suffer more to initiate sleep while middle aged and old aged people suffer more to maintain the sleep and have sound sleep issues. But common man prefers to stay away from sleeping pills irrespective of his sufferings due to side effects of sleeping pills.
And more dangerous is drug dependency, drug misuse and drug abuse! You must have heard of many stories of death due to overdoses of sleeping pills. Anything that is taken in excess is always dangerous. There are newer drugs available which are more safe, but should be taken only with doctor's prescription. There are still a few people who do not like to take drugs.
To Prevent Insomnia:
To know how to sleep better, read this article --> https://www.icliniq.com/health-articles/health-topics/emotional-and-mental-health/how-to-sleep-better-tips-for-getting-a-good-nights-sleep
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