Anyone can suffer from insomnia, although sleeping problems are more common among women (especially menopausal), the ill, the elderly, smokers, and alcoholics. Sleep problems are, however, surprisingly common among young people. While it is not an illness and is in no way life-threatening, insomnia can be very distressing, frustrating, exhausting, depressing and at worst it can make you feel like you're going crazy.
Young adults and teenagers are suffering from an epidemic of Insomnia. All over the country and the world, this is happening in a big way. There are several reasons why our young people are becoming insomniacs.
Main Causes: Insomnia is a condition that is caused by something else! Sometimes it won't be immediately obvious what the causes are in your own case, but the following list might give clues
- states of mind - anxiety, depression, worry, anger, grief, anticipating a difficult event
- change - moving house/city, starting university
- environment - noise, discomfort, time zone change
- pain - one of the commonest causes
- medical conditions - heart, breathing, stomach, digestive, high blood pressure, arthritis, anorexia.
- recreational drugs - including nicotine, caffeine, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, cannabis
- sleeping pills and tranquillisers - can actually cause sleep disturbance
- other prescription drugs - including some contraceptives, diuretics, slimming pills, beta-blockers, stimulants.
What can you do about insomnia? A great deal. The good news about insomnia is that you can cure yourself - in your own way, in your own time and at your own pace. You may wish to enlist the support or help of your doctor, a college nurse or a counsellor, but you won't necessarily need to. However you must be prepared to make some changes in your lifestyle in order to sleep better.
There is help available. More Indept Reading . Explore the options...beginning with using this valuable resource introduced here.
By Peter Hauri,
By Peter Hauri, Shirley Linde
There are an estimated 30 million Americans suffering from insomnia and other sleep disorders. Beginning with possible causes, among them diet, exercise, environment, stress, smoking and drinking, this guide offers detailed steps and exercises for ridding oneself of insomnia. It covers topics including the latest research and therapy programs, sleep clinics, helping children sleep, kicking a sleeping-pill habit and more, and offers many anecdotes and actual case studies.
"The best book this reviewer has seen on insomnia." --Library Journal "Make sleep as easy as falling out of bed." --USA Today "At last, an authoritative, sensible book for all those with trouble sleeping; this is wonderfully written and offers real help." --Rosalind D. Cartwright, Ph.D., Director, Sleep Disorder Center Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago "Nearly everything you always wanted to know about sleep and what can go wrong with it . . . with step-by-step suggestions." -- Publishers Weekly
This newly revised edition of Dr. Hauri's internationally acclaimed sleep therapy program offers you much more than helpful hints. You'll learn what works and what doesn't, ways to evaluate the latest insomnia treatments, and how to create your own customized sleep therapy program. With this easy-to-follow advice, there's no longer any reason to lose precious sleep.
Whether your sleep problem is chronic or occasional, No More Sleepless Nights is the best remedy available.