The Signs and Symptoms of Insomnia

By Viljoen | Insomnia 101

Oct 08

Usually the signs and symptoms of Insomnia can be very easily diagnosed and are very easy to detect. If you have or think you have, you canMan not sleeping

then relate to the following :

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Always waking up in the middle of the night
  • Feeling tired during the next day after a wakeful night
  • Feeling anxious when you climb into bed
  • Depression can also be a symptom of Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration during the day
  • When it becomes an effort to fall asleep and the more you try, the harder it gets.

When you are having this symptoms for a short while it can be categorized as acute Insomnia, but when you have it for more than a month it can be called chronic Insomnia. Chronic Insomnia can have a very detrimental effect on your life as it sucks your life’s energy.

Can it be cured?

The short answer to this is YES. It is not a magic bullet or in the form of a sleeping pill. Sleeping pills only treat the symptoms and will not resolve the problem. Insomnia is more a psychological type of problem that must be treated psychologically.

It is very rare to develop Insomnia overnight and it comes from many sleepless night which could come from trauma or stress. Sleeping pills are good for treating it if it is short term, but for long term it is a no go.

The best method for taking on the Insomnia is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or in short CBT. The cognitive part is linked to your mind and the behavioral part is linked to habits that you have developed to help deal with the Insomnia and therapy is the treatment part. So CBT treats the mind and the wrong habits that you develop. I also have a step-by-step guide on how to deal with Insomnia.

How long does the healing process take?

Results can be noticed from the first week and can take up to two months and even longer depending on the causes and duration of your Insomnia. As I said before, treating Insomnia is not like taking a magic bullet and will not happen overnight.

It personally took me two to three weeks to develop Insomnia and I had it for more than six months. My treatment took almost a month before I could almost call myself Insomnia free. Here and there I can have a little trouble sleeping, it is much less than before.

If you have any question, please feel free to leave a comment below. 🙂

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