Numbers of women likely to suffer from this dreadful symptom of sleeplessness are presenting to be more than men. Age is a primary criterion whereas pre-menopause is another. Most of them have trouble falling asleep at night; and many wake up earlier than usual.
Individuals with insomnia (sleeplessness) find difficulty in maintaining sleep 3 or more nights a week. The occupational, social, or physical areas of functioning in the daytime can reflect in the sleeplessness at night. The body clock that controls sleep, body temperature and hormone production would be altered. The natural rhythm if altered would hamper the entire cycle.
Sleep disturbances can also result in night walks as well as chronic non-restorative sleep. Both physical and mental changes in a woman’s life may influence her productive, restful sleep.
Why does this happen?
There is no single reason that causes primary insomnia; most premenopausal women suffer from hot flashes. They sweat at night during the period leading up to actual menopause. This develops negative moods and restlessness. These result in weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Sleeplessness can be due to stress, depressed mood, anxiety, backaches and joint pain also affect sleep quality.
Studies find that women need approximately 20 more minutes of sleep per day than men. But multitasking deprives women the necessary hours of sleep and this deficit may lead to some negative consequences.
What can you do?
There are drugs including sleeping pills to combat insomnia. But better still, purely natural therapies like Meditation, Acupuncture, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Yoga, Deep Breathing, Bright light therapy , Natural melatonin enhancers, Natural L-tryptophan would be better.
Exercise, exposure to afternoon sun, avoidance of caffeine, maintaining a consistent sleep/wake schedule, taking a hot bath at night, avoiding television/phones/tablets/gadgets directly before bedtime, and keeping the bedroom cool, dark, and well ventilated would also help to overcome insomnia.
But why is sleep so essential?
Sleep is essential in recovery and healing. We often undervalue the importance of this, however this is when our bodies recuperate, regenerate and heal. Sleep management should be very much of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Its one of the biggest contributors to a strong immune system.
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