What is insomnia?

People quite often find their sleep patterns are disrupted. It can be a holiday trip to a different time zone or a stressful experience. Usually, the body adjusts to the new times or the mind comes to terms with the stress, and natural sleep resumes.

Losing one or two nights of sleep is quite natural and should not be a source of worry. Then there are people who actually need less sleep. Conventional wisdom says you all need seven or eight hours every night, but many people can and do function happily on less.

Some people need more. Never allow yourself to be stampeded into thinking you have a problem if you start sleeping less. Judge how you feel.

Most doctors refuse to prescribe medication unless people consistently lose two or three nights of sleep every week over a reasonably long period of time. No-one should think they have a medical problem until the overall quality of life is affected.

People who have sleep problems fairly quickly experience a range of social difficulties. Their performance at school or work declines.

If grades are affected at school or university, this can have a serious long-term effect on employment. However, no-one under the age of eighteen should take Ambien (generic Zolpidem).

Ambien (generic Zolpidem) a powerful drug that can be habit-forming. Alternative sleep remedies should be tried while people are still young.

Once in employment, the stresses and strains of work often become a source of worries and anxieties that make sleep more difficult. If performance standards are not met, unemployment may follow.

Insomnia can also affect social relationships with people more likely to argue with family members and friends. If marriage or friendships are damaged or lost, this adds to the stress and makes the insomnia more difficult to shake.

Because Ambien should only be taken in short bursts to avoid the risk of addiction, it is important to make lifestyle changes to build on the improvement produced by Ambien (generic Zolpidem).

Sleep is a habit you learn when young. If you lose the habit for some reason, you have to relearn it. This means improving the sleeping arrangements. The curtains should keep out the light. Some sound-proofing might be needed. Room temperature should be controlled.

The comfort of the bed should be considered. Then start to establish a fixed routine. No matter how tired you feel, never sleep during the day. Pick a fixed time to sleep at night and stick to it.

Make sure you have not eaten a heavy meal or drunk too much liquid close to this time. Indigestion can keep you awake and your bladder may insist on being emptied during the night.

Before the time for sleep, go through the same routine to relax yourself so you always go into the bedroom at the same time expecting to sleep. If you feel you need more detailed advice, seek out a behavioral therapist rather than a doctor who is most likely just to prescribe more medication.