One in seven Canadians suffers from a sleep problem, according to Insomnia Rounds Canada. Of that group, 10 to 14 percent have a more severe type of insomnia that interferes with their ability to function in the daytime.
Are you one of them?
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep isn't only important for your performance at work or in school or your social life. Sleep is crucial to an individual's overall health. Not getting enough sleep weakens the immune system, making you more prone to illness, causes stress and anxiety, slows the metabolism to cause weight gain and can result in high blood pressure, among other negative symptoms. The lethargic feeling from lack of sleep may also prevent you from being physically active, which exacerbates these issues.
What Is Insomnia?
According to a report from Statistics Canada, Canadian men actually sleep less than women, in most demographic groups. Although women do sleep more than men do, they also have more trouble in falling asleep and in staying asleep.
An individual who suffers from insomnia will have difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep or both. Tossing and turning for hours on end or waking in the middle of the night are both considered insomnia. Insomnia is considered chronic when it persists for one month or more. To diagnose chronic insomnia and get the help you need, it's important to reach out to your physician and discuss your sleep patterns.
Try keeping journal listing the time you went to bed, how long you remained awake, when you woke up, etc. It may also be worth noting the last time you ate or drank anything before bed and what you had. All of this information can help your physician determine the exact cause of your problem and propose different ways to fix it and reset your sleep cycle.
Additional Causes of Insomnia
It's possible other factors are causing your insomnia. Some people have sleep complaints when taking certain medications, like corticosteroids. Sleep problems can also be caused by other disorders and medical conditions, like restless legs syndrome (RLS) or other medical conditions like hyperthyroidism.
If you work full-time, you probably sleep less, according to a GSS Study diary by Statistics Canada. Working a full-time job means an average of about a half hour less sleep per night as compared to people who don't work. Sleep problems are also common among individuals who work shifts that change regularly. It takes time to retrain the body and get the sleep cycle back in order after a schedule change.
Natural Remedies for Sleep
There are all-natural ways to improve your sleep, so you don't have to resort to prescription sleeping pills that can be addictive and have side effects:
Valerian root can help you feel more calm and with less anxiety. It may reduce the length of time it takes you to fall asleep and increase the quality of your sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone that can help your reset your sleep cycle. It can be taken in a low dose for up to two weeks, just long enough to get back into a rhythm.
Chamomile has been used for many years to promote relaxation and rest. You can find it in tea or as an essential oil for aromatherapy.
Speak with your primary care physician if you're having trouble sleeping, so the problem can be addressed in the early stages. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding or currently being treated for a medical condition, they can determine which natural supplements are right for you, which dosage is best and for how long to take them.
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