Insomnia is a sleep disorder experienced by at least one in eight persons in the Unites States, or roughly 32 million people. Those with insomnia, who are often called insomniacs, suffer from difficulty in getting some sleep or remaining asleep for long periods of time. Some of the symptoms of insomnia include anxiety, stress, depression, an overactive mind, physical pain, bipolar disorder, and emotional or mental tension. Experts say that people usually encounter sleeplessness when they are bothered by work- related issues, financial problems, poor sex life, and other concerns. Insomnia can also be experienced when a person loses of a loved one.

There are three specific types of insomnia, namely, transient insomnia which can last from one night to several weeks. This type of sleeplessness is also referred to as intermittent sleeplessness, is often caused by simple jet lag or short-term anxiety. Another type of sleeplessness is called acute insomnia, which is much worse and could last for as long as three weeks to as long as six months. The last type of sleeping disorder is called chronic insomnia where a person can suffer from sleeplessness every single night.

People with sleeping problems need not allow their condition to rob them of energy and peace of mind. A fast way to relieve sleeplessness or insomnia is to take sleeping pills which are designed to make a person feel sleepy. One of the most commonly prescribed sleeping aid is ramelteon, commonly sold under the brand name Rozerem.

Sleeping pills are fairly effective but should only be used when a person has been diagnosed with insomnia. The use of sleeping aids should be supervised by a doctor or a health professional. Some prescribed sedative drugs have the potential to cause dependence. These sleeping pills can be addictive if taken for long periods of time without the approval of a doctor.

Aside from using sleeping pills, alternative solutions to deal with sleeping disorders include having a regular sleeping schedule, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, and by limiting consumption of caffeine, especially in the afternoon. Aside from being a biological need, sleeping is also a psychological process. By keeping clear of stress, heated meetings, and serious work at night, a person can feel relaxed in time for some sleep. For some, doing exercises in the afternoon or early evening boosts their adrenaline levels. As a result, they regain their energy at night and find it hard to get lulled to sleep.

Little things can make a big difference when a person has sleeping problems. Comfortable pillows and mattresses can help in making sleeping more comfortable and inviting. Making the bedroom a relaxation haven can also boost the power of sleep. By feeling relaxed and calm, without worrying too much about the next days’ schedule, sleeping can be as easy as counting sheep.

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