Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What's wrong with me??

Do I Have Insomnia??

For about one and half weeks now, I haven't been able to sleep properly. I feel tired and sleepy at a relatively normal hour,around twelve or after midnight, but when I go to bed I can't fall asleep. I lay awake for hours, and then when I do fall asleep, I only sleep for an hour or so before waking up again. It is soo anoyying! I feel so damn sleepy and tired but I couldn't sleep!! And lately I've been avoiding coffee and soda. I do not take caffeine at all and not taking naps during the day. I did see my doctor, and all he gave was my sleeping pills. If I don't take them, I couldn't sleep at all.
Oh, what's happening to me? =(

And I even wear my silky sleeping mask in order to force my eyes to close and sleep! But still, this didn't work!! and sometimes I take milky drinks right before I sleep.. and put some lavender fragrances or read some boring materials, hoping that all these could help me drift off..

The only thing that could make me sleep is my sleeping pills! But I don't wanna depend on my pills. It is not normal! iskk..
Oh, what should I do?

In search of a cure for my sleeplessness, I decided to search sleep disorders on internet. I always thought that insomnia was just not getting enough asleep.
One interesting definition that I found described insomnia as the 'perception of poor-quality sleep'. This seems to indicate that it can almost be caused just by a person thinking that they aren't getting enough sleep.
Insomnia can refer to difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, problems with not sleeping late enough, or feeling unrefreshed and tired after a night's sleep. Insomnia can cause such problems as sleepiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. It can be divided into three main categories, transient, chronic or intermittent.

Transient insomnia is if it lasts from one night to four weeks. If transient insomnia returns periodically over months or years is becomes intermittent. It is chronic insomnia when it continues almost nightly for several months.
Transient and intermittent types often do not require more treatment than an improvement in sleep hygiene.

Insomnia is the body's way of saying that something isn't right. Things that may cause insomnia include stress, too much caffeine, depression, changes in work shifts, and pain from medical problems, such as arthritis.

Many people have insomnia. People who have insomnia may not be able to fall asleep. They may wake up during the night and not be able to fall back asleep, or they may wake up too early in the morning.

There are many factors that can contribute to insomnia, and different issues trigger each type of insomnia. Transient and intermittent insomnia can be caused by something as simple as the sleeplessness that occurs just before a big test, and are very common and considered a normal stress reaction that will typically go away. Depression, internalized anger, anxiety and behavioral factors are the most common reasons for insomnia.
The most frequent behaviors include consuming too much caffeine, alcohol or other substances, excessive napping, or stimulating activities such as smoking, exercising or watching television before bedtime.
Insomnia can often be linked to mental illnesses or other diseases; for example, chronic insomnia is usually caused by depression. When a person is having sleep problems because of something else, it is called secondary insomnia.
Environmental factors, such as discomfort or excessive light, and changes in a normal sleeping pattern, such as jet lag or moving to a new time zone, also cause transient insomnia (1). When none of these factors are contributing to a person's sleeplessness, they are considered to have primary insomnia, or insomnia that isn't caused by other obvious causes.

People who have insomnia tend to worry about the fact that they are not getting enough sleep, and sometimes their daytime behaviors contribute to increased lack of sleep.
Worrying and stress will only increase insomnia, and habits developed to make up for a lack of sleep can delay the return of a normal sleep schedule. These behaviors include napping during the day, giving up on regular exercise, or drinking caffeinated beverages to promote staying awake or concentration.
In order to regain normal sleeping patterns, insomniac have to practice good sleep hygiene.

Sleep hygiene consists of basic behaviors that promote sleep and try to change behaviors that might increase chances of insomnia. These habits include going to sleep and waking up at the same time, not taking naps during the day, avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day, getting regular exercise but not close to bedtime, not eating a heavy meal late in the day, not using your bed for anything other than sleep or sex, making your sleeping place comfortable, and making a routine to help relax and wind down before sleep, such as reading a book, listening to music, or taking a bath.


I think I should start take a hot milk everyday just before my bedtime and read some novels while listening to Kenny G's and take a warm bath b4 I sleep.. And I should buy a new pillow la.. Duck feathers or something.. Or maybe Getha latex pillow would do just fine.. hmm..

Give it a week la.. Hopefully everything's gonna be okay. Or not, kena pegi specialist la..heh.


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