Why Do Adults Suffer From Insomina?
It is surprising to know how many people suffer from sleeping disorders around the world. World Federation of Sleep Research Societies (WFSRS) reviewed the data collected in four European countries (France, Germany, Spain and England) through interviews conducted with approximately 2,000 people in each country. The survey revealed a mean prevalence of insomnia ranging from 30% to 46%. It also provided valuable insights into the attitude of insomniacs towards this disorder and its treatment.
First of all, the survey revealed that a considerable proportion of insomniacs, despite being fully aware of the adverse effects of their sleep disorder on their daily activities, had taken no medical steps to remedy this problem. Only 32% of the insomniacs questioned in this survey declared that they had consulted a physician, a further 10% had sought the advice of their pharmacist to try to find a solution to their problems and 37% had taken no action at all. Detailed analysis of the reasons why these patients had not seen fit to consult their physician revealed two principal explanations. In the first place, many of them did not ” feel at ease with the idea of taking sleeping pills “, a statement reflecting their fear of becoming dependent on the medication taken. Secondly, most of them did not consider insomnia to be a sufficient motive for seeking a medical opinion, despite its repercussions on their daily activities.
Sleeping is a procedure of energy recovery from daily activities. Sleeping problems are not harmful if it is only occasional. However, regular or frequent occurrences can cause fatigue, memory loss, irritability, lack of concentration, and mental illness – hindering efficient work flow.
Your doctor will tell you that insomnia is not considered to be a disease, but can lead to serious mental conditions. Lack of sleep can affect the quality of life, affect your concentration, lead to accidents behind the wheel and at work.
Acupuncture has the power to improve sleep. Even though it is a known fact, until recently we knew very little about how acupuncture achieves this.
Researchers at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada uncovered the mystery. They recruited 18 adults suffering from anxiety and insomnia. The volunteers received acupuncture treatments for five weeks.
The study revealed that acupuncture increased the night time levels of the “sleep hormone” melatonin. At the end of the trial anxiety levels were significantly lower and sleep efficiency had increased. Both sleep quality and sleep time had improved considerably.
- Have a sedative effect – cause day time drowsiness that may affect driving
- Do not treat the underlying cause
- The response is quick and benefit is only short term; stops working once you stop taking the pills
- Good for short term relief; should not be taken for more than two weeks
- Improves concentration, enhances memory, eliminates stress. Causes no undesirable sedation.
- Non addictive
- Treats underlying cause, benefits your health in many other ways
- The response is somewhat slower than the sleeping pills, but the positive effects last
- Good for both short and long term relief