Posts Tagged ‘Insomnia’

Tips to ward off insomnia

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Occasional sleeplessness is a common occurrence, with about 30 to 40 percent of adults report having symptoms of insomnia within a given year.

But you can take charge of your sleep by eliminating some of the bad habits that may be keeping you awake and restless.

First of all if you’re having difficulty falling asleep, don’t stay under the covers in hopes of somehow becoming drowsy, Nitun Verma, M.D., an Indian-origin sleep specialist and the medical director of the Washington Township Center for Sleep Disorders in Fremont, California said.

“You don’t want to lie in bed and frown your eyebrows and force yourself to sleep. That almost universally backfires,” the Huffington Post quoted Dr. Verma as saying.

Instead, get up and try to find an activity that is somewhere between stimulating and boring, like reading a few chapters from a favorite book.


Losing hope of good night’s sleep may lead to suicide

Friday, February 15th, 2013

When people lose hope that they will ever get another good night’s sleep, they become at high risk for suicide, according to researchers.

Insomnia and nightmares, which are often confused and may go hand-in-hand, are known risk factors for suicide but just how they contribute was unknown, said Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University.

The new study reaffirms that link and adds the element of hopelessness about sleep that is independent of other types of hopelessness, such as those regarding personal relationships and careers, said McCall, corresponding author of the study.

“It turns out insomnia can lead to a very specific type of hopelessness and hopelessness by itself is a powerful predictor of suicide,” he said.


Ayurveda Q&A: How to treat insomnia

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

1. hello sir, i am 31 yrs old n i have a problem of insomia.i m not able to sleep whole nite, i am taking a alopathy medicine,but still the problem is smae, my BP is normal n i have also thyroid problem but its normal now.i m also taking the medicine like folic acid and iron tablets.pls suggest me ayurvedic medicine for what to do to overcome from sleepness.i want to cre completely as its very irretating not able to sleep.thanks
seema prajapati

Hi Seema,
Sleep is a natural phenomenon of giving adequate rest to the body and mind. When this natural phenomenon is disturbed it leads to sleep disorders. Causes for insomnia are an irregular sleep-wake schedule, physical disorders, anxiety, and stress etc.


How to beat insomnia for good without pills

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Poor sleep, which can make a misery for those who suffer from it, can be overcome by following a simple set of tips, experts have claimed.

Evidence shows that insomniacs report low energy levels, mood swings, less productivity at work, relationship difficulties, and persistent poor sleep can even increase the risk of developing conditions including diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and strokes.

According to Research at the University of British Columbia, every hour of sleep lost at night may cost us one IQ point the following day, and it is often a long-term issue – a quarter of people with insomnia have suffered from it for more than 10 years.

To deal with their sleep problems without pills, most people focus first on what Colin Espie, professor of clinical psychology and director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre, calls “sleep hygiene” – our pre-bed routine, and the physical environment in which we try to sleep.


Diet for good sleep

Friday, October 26th, 2012
Eat well to sleep well

Diet plays an important role in getting a good night`s sleep, providing a chance to rest the mind and repair the body. It has often been said that people should get at least eight hours sleep at night, but individuals tend to need different amounts. Among the various groups, children require more sleep than older people do. First few days of life a neonate may sleep for about 20 hours a day. People generally need less sleep as they get older, or at least less continuously, so if older people have a daytime snooze and sleeps for less time at night are perfectly normal. Quality is more vital than quantity.

Proteins help you sleep better
Sleep is the blessing of god that helps a person to keep off from all his problems both physical and mental for a period. Just think of a day when everyone is at sleep and you alone are awake and there is nothing to do. People who get normal sleeps most of the time will not realise the importance of sleep as much as a person who is deprived of. (more…)

Less than 6 hours of sleep ups risk of stroke

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Habitually sleeping less than six hours a night significantly increases the risk of stroke symptoms among normal-weighing middle-age to older adults, a new study has warned.

The study was conducted on 5,666 people followed for up to three years.

The participants had no history of stroke, transient ischemic attack, stroke symptoms or high risk for OSA at the start of the research.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recorded the first stroke symptoms, along with demographic data, stroke risk factors, depression symptoms and various health behaviors.

After adjusting for body-mass index (BMI), they discovered a strong association with daily sleep periods of less than six hours and a greater incidence of stroke symptoms for middle-age to older adults, even beyond other risk factors.
However, the study found no link between short sleep periods and stroke symptoms among overweight and obese participants.


Insomniacs at greater risk of developing hypertension

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

People with insomnia may now have one more thing to keep them up at night – an increased likelihood of developing hypertension, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at the Henry Ford Center for Sleep Disorders, Detroit, found that the prevalence of hypertension was greater in insomniacs compared to normal sleepers.

“The cause of hypertension in insomniacs is due to the number of times the individual wakes during the night as well as their sleep latency – the length of time it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep,” Christopher Drake, lead author of this study, said.

“We found that the longer it took the subjects to fall asleep and more times they woke during the night, the more severe their hypertension,” he said.

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep and is the most common sleep complaint among Americans.


Most corporate employees suffer from sleep disorder

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Due to demanding schedules and high stress levels, nearly 78% of the corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours on a daily basis which leads to sleep disorders amongst them, according to a recent survey conducted by ASSOCHAM on the occasion of `World Health Day`.

While releasing the ASSOCHAM survey its Secretary General, D S Rawat said, `Loss of sleep has wide ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, low-pain threshold and increase absenteeism`.

The survey also shows that women experience more sleep problems than men. More than half of women said they frequently experience a sleep problem.

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents fall under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26 per cent), 40-49 years (16 per cent), 50-59 years (2 per cent) and 60-69 years (approximately 1 per cent).


Sleep disorders ups risk of diabetes, heart disease

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Got a health query? Ask our experts

People who struggle to sleep are six times more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease, according to a new research.

It found that the symptoms of diabetes developed after just three days of disrupted sleep, the Daily Mail reported.

The latest findings could help to explain previous research that has shown night shift workers are prone to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The study involving almost 20,000 participants found those with any of four particular variants of the gene were at much greater risk – offering hope of personalised treatments for the condition.


Trouble falling asleep signals heart attack risk

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

If you have trouble falling asleep, don`t take it lightly – you could be a candidate for a moderately higher risk of a heart attack.

In a recent study, the risk of heart attack in people with insomnia ranged from 27 percent to 45 percent greater than for people who rarely experienced trouble sleeping.

Researchers tied in heart attack risks to three major insomnia symptoms. Compared to people who reported never or almost never having these problems, people who had trouble falling asleep almost daily in the last month had a 45 percent higher heart attack risk.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Staying asleep almost every night in the last month had a 30 percent higher heart attack risk; and didn`t wake up feeling refreshed in the morning more than once a week had a 27 percent higher heart attack risk.


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