Insomnia happens when someone finds it very difficult to fall asleep at night or if they do fall asleep, it is not a very deep sleep. This problem can either be just a temporary occurrence or it might be something that has been happening for quite a long time. When insomnia is just temporary it’s referred to as being transient, whilst for those who are suffering from it on a more persistent level will be known to have permanent insomnia.
Strangely enough it’s often women who have to deal with insomnia more often that men do. This can often be because of hormonal changes which women are much more prone to. However there can be other problems such as leading a sedentary lifestyle or it might be symptoms of another medical condition. People who are on some types of medication can also develop insomnia and it also tends to happen as people get older. Lack of exercise won't help either.
Transient insomnia can occur because of stress, travelling between different time zones and also because of light and noise. When you have to deal with too much light or noise when you are trying to get to sleep then you will find it very difficult. Also, if you are trying to get to sleep with a bed partner snoring then this also is a very difficult task.
If you have either intermittent or transient insomnia then you will find that you aren’t prescribed any drugs. Normally with these sorts of insomnia you will find that the situation sorts itself out once you deal with the causes of the insomnia. Whether it’s due to stress, excess light, noise or even an uncomfortable bed.
If of the other hand your insomnia is permanent or chronic then this is considered a much more serious problem. However your insomnia is will depend a lot on what is causing it in the first place. If you haven’t been able to get a good sleep in months then you will need to seek medical advice. Having a one-to-one discussion is probably the best course of action when trying to cure your chronic insomnia.
There are numerous causes of chronic insomnia such as caffeine, shift work and narcotics. Alternatively the cause might be physical or mentally related. Such problems that can be the root of insomnia include kidney problems, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, Parkinson's disease or asthma. As you can see the list is pretty big and there are potentially even more reasons for permanent insomnia. Taking care of your health generally will help a great deal. I can't stress enough the importance of looking after your health enough.
The length of time it takes to discover the reasons for your insomnia can possibly be very long indeed. Because there are so many potential reasons it can take many many tests to properly diagnose the problems. When you discover the reasons behind your insomnia you find that that this is quite a relief however you will then have to find a course of treatment that works for you. It might be that you need to take medication, whether natural or otherwise, or you might want to make changes in your lifestyle. Simple remedies such as avoiding caffeine before going to bed or taking a relaxing bath in the evening might help a lot. Some people choose to take homeopathic remedies whist others choose herbal teas. These are perfectly good options to try out however they still won’t deal with the underlying causes.