• Destiny Shamblin

Insomnia: Causes and Effects

Insomnia is a symptom of an underlying sleeping disorder. It's the feeling of being tired after rest and/or not able to fall asleep at night. Scientists have proven that lack of sleep can kill you and cause a lot of mental and physical damage.

According to the Mayo Clinic, most cases are from individuals between 14 and 60-years-old and can be treated, but if not caught fast enough, brain damage can happen. Insomnia is treated by self care, therapies, medication, or by specialists.

According to Medical News Today, some of the symptoms of insomnia are difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, not able to fall back to sleep, still feeling tired after a nights sleep, irritable mood, depression, anxiety, poor concentration and focus, tension headaches, and even difficulty socializing.

Those who most often suffer from insomnia are travelers, the elderly, drug users, adolescent or young students, pregnant women, shift workers with frequent changes in shifts (day and night), and also those with mental health disorders.

What often causes insomnia are poor sleep habits, as well as depression, anxiety, lack or exercise, chronic illness, and certain medications. These symptoms for insomnia can be diagnosed, but it's important to understand that not sleeping at night due to reasons such as staying on your phone, watching too much television, or playing video games late at night does not mean you have insomnia. It just means you are not allowing your brain and body to relax enough for you to sleep.

Lab tests and imaging are rarely required to figure out if you have this disorder; they only do these tests to make sure you do not have any brain or body damage from lack of sleep.

Contact your local doctor or therapists to get further help and also to get diagnosed.