Severe insomnia or chronic insomnia needs to be addressed because a chronic lack of sleep weakens your immune system in addition to making your life miserable.
Everyone has occasional sleepless nights, so how do you know if your sleep problems are severe?
Even though an occasional college all-nighter of partying or studying for an important exam, can make you feel horrible the next day, the loss of one night’s sleep is not catastrophic.
However, if you experience sleeplessness for weeks at a time, the situation becomes much more serious. If you have extended sleep deprivation, you may have trouble functioning and can end up with serious physical or mental illness.
Although many people have tried to get by with less sleep (on purpose), our bodies require a certain amount of sleep—and sleeping less than your body requires, can lead to physical and mental problems.
Temporary Sleep Problems
Most people have experienced a sleepless night from time to time. It is normal to have difficulty sleeping:
- The night before a big exam
- When you have money worries
- If you are the breadwinner and you lose your job
- The night before a job interview
- If you have just been promoted
- Before you give a speech
- When you get engaged
- When you lose a loved one
- If someone you love is sick
- If your kids are having problems at school
- When you are moving to a new town
- Jet lag
- Noise or other conditions that keep you awake
In other words, it doesn’t matter if you have good news, bad news or you are anxious about something that is going to happen. Whatever it is—it can leave you unable to sleep, tossing and turning all night.
Most of the time your sleeplessness is short-term or temporary, caused by an event in your life that is stressful. In time the issue will be resolved, and you’ll get back to sleeping normally.
However, sometimes your sleeplessness becomes chronic—and that’s when you need to get some help…
Chronic or Severe Insomnia
When you experience sleep insomnia for weeks or months at a time, it can take its toll on your mind and body. With chronic insomnia, you may see the following:
- Moodiness – that doesn’t go away. In time, you may become chronically depressed or anxious. Relationships fail, and you can have difficulty getting or keeping a job.
- Concentration – You may have difficulty concentrating, making judgments or making decisions. This can affect both your work (or studies) and your relationships.
- Physical reactions – You can develop slowed physical responses, which can lead to accidents or injury.
- Sleepiness – You may find yourself falling asleep in the middle of the day, yet unable to sleep at night.
- Anxiety – When you are lying awake at night unable to sleep, you feel anxious about not being able to sleep. And your anxiety can carry over into your daytime activities.
- Depression – Long term insomnia can make you feel down or depressed. Young mothers, who think they will never get a good night’s rest again often feel depressed.
- Drug Dependence – on sleeping pills and drugs. These drugs lose their effectiveness over time, interrupt your REM sleep and they are addictive.
- Delusions or Hallucinations – When you experience sleep deprivation for long periods, you can actually see or hear things that don’t exist. If this happens to you, you need to get medical attention.
Help for Sleep Disorders
If you have had sleep problems for a long time and you haven’t been able to figure out what to do, it may be time to get some help. There a number of ways that you can approach this:
- Discuss your sleep patterns with your family doctor
- Go to a good sleep hypnotherapist or invest in a quality hypnosis program like this one at Hypnosis Downloads.
- Your doctor may recommend a sleep clinic, where you will have a sleep evaluation.
Often sleep problems are not severe insomnia, but, occasionally your sleeplessness is more serious. If you have tried relaxation techniques, meditation, self hypnosis, and home remedies to no avail—it might be time to seek some medical help.