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Chronic Insomnia Treatment – What Is The Best Method?

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Chronic insomnia, also known as severe insomnia is the hardest to treat type of insomnia. You may know there are three types of insomnia and they are classified by the period that the problems occur. Transient insomnia is a temporary problem that lasts no longer than one week. Acute insomnia will stay with the patient for less than a month. If you have insomnia constantly for more than a month, that’s chronic insomnia (or you may say severe insomnia). In this post, I will show you the best way to treat severe insomnia.

Treatment could be simple…

In mild cases, insomnia can be treated by non-medical remedies. With that said, regular exercises, relaxation… can help you cure insomnia in such cases. However, with chronic insomnia, the natural way is not enough.

When it comes to treating chronic insomnia, it’s a prerequisite that you know what exactly the causes of your problem. Many people suffer from insomnia only, this case is called primary insomnia. Other people, who suffer from insomnia because they have other health diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure… doctors call this is secondary insomnia. Some specific drugs used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure… can cause the difficulty to sleep, which is the initial symptoms of insomnia.

Medical treatments for chronic insomnia

The use of drugs to treat insomnia should be supervised closely by your doctor because they can cause some unwanted effects. The list I provide you below is the most common medications used to cure chronic insomnia.

Prescription sleep aid:

These sleep aids are mainly sedative, which will help you get into sleep much easier.

Benzodiazepine sedatives: these sleep aids are proven to increase sleep quantity and quality. Some example of drugs that contain Benzodiazepine sedatives is Dalmane, Halcion, Restoril…

Ramelteon (Rozerem) This medication promotes the onset of sleep and normalize circadian rhythm disorders. It’s approved by the FDA for the treatment of difficulty falling asleep.

Some antidepressants: Anxiety, depression are the main causes of insomnia. That’s why some specific types of anti-depressants have a good impact on treating insomnia. However, some other types can bring negative effects.

Over the counter medications

• Melatonin: This is a substance produced by a small structure in the middle of the brain when the night has come. This substances signal to the body:” Hey, it’s night time, let’s go to sleep”. In people who suffer from insomnia, the level of melatonin produced so low so the body doesn’t have a sleepy feeling. This medication provides an insufficient amount of melatonin and helps people sleep easier.

Conclusion

Insomnia should be treated as soon as possible. You may have transient or acute insomnia at first. However, if you don’t treat it properly, the problem will become chronic. When you have chronic insomnia, don’t be panic! It can be cured. Just follow the instruction of your doctor and have a good lifestyle and you will find it’s not hard to sleep well.
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Insomnia Symptoms – Are You Really Suffering From Insomnia?

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Insomnia is not hard to treat if you recognize the problem soon. If you let the problem become chronic, the treatment could be a lot more sophisticated and require a lot of time and money. That’s the reason why recognizing insomnia by its symptoms soon is vital to treat it. In this post, I will show you the typical symptoms of this sleep disorder so you can have appropriate steps to deal with it timely.

The most typical symptom of insomnia is difficulty in falling asleep. If you find yourself lying on the bed, trying to sleep for more than one hour but cannot get into it, you are likely to suffer from insomnia.

Another signs of insomnia is you can easily be woken-up at the middle at the night and then find it hard to get back to sleep no matter how hard you try. You also may have insomnia if you wake up too early in the morning but not feeling well. Different from people who waking early and feel fresh, you think you just don’t have enough sleep but simply cannot sleep again.
Insomnia does not only cause the problem to sufferers during the night. It also has bad effects on the daily life. If previously, you used to have short snaps during daytime, you will find it’s not easy to have such short sleep now. People who suffer from insomnia easily get frustrated, cannot concentrate all the time and in many cases, cannot get anything done completely.
If you suddenly notice that your sleep quantity and quality drop heavily, be sure to meet your doctor soon. In the initial phase, insomnia will last for few days, which is transient insomnia. If the problem prolong more than a week but less than a month, it’s acute insomnia. More than a month, you are too late, it’s chronic insomnia now.
So, as you can see, treating insomnia soon can make a difference in your life quality. Don’t postpone, meet your doctor now to have appropriate treatment. In many cases, transient insomnia and acute insomnia don’t require medication to cure; only natural remedies are enough.
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Sleep Apnea And Weight Loss – What Is The Relationship

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There are two types of sleep apneaobstructive sleep apnea (which is the major) and central sleep apnea. While central sleep apnea has nothing to do with a physical block, obstructive sleep apnea does. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the narrowed passage airway that blocks airflow in and out.

As you can see, overweight people tend to have narrowed passage airway so if you are overweight. You can easily suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, if you already suffer from sleep apnea, excessive weight will make it harder to treat the problem. With that said, weight loss is recommended to help you cure obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, this is one of the most common ways doctors recommend you follow to have long-lasting results.

It’s recommended that you start doing exercises on a daily basis to lose weight. I have seen a lot of people started their weight loss journey with great enthusiasm and they do very hard exercises with the hope that the fat will disappear in a short time. This is actually the wrong approach. Losing weight is a long journey and you cannot make it short no matter how bad you desire (unless you use unnatural methods such as surgery). So, take small exercises and follow that workout every day. You will not lose weight very fast but the result will come gradually later. In addition to regular exercise, don’t forget to have a good diet plan. No matter how hard you train, if you don’t have a good diet plan, you will never lose a pound.

So now you see that weight loss can help sleep apnea. What to do next is to pick up a good workout and diet plan to follow. When you lose weight, sleep apnea symptoms will decrease. However, if you are suffering from severe sleep apnea, don’t wait for the weight to drop, you will need to have more aggressive treatments than just dropping weight.
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Sleep Apnea Symptoms In Adults – Know Before Too Late

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Sleep apnea can be deadly if you don’t recognize the problem fast and have appropriate actions. There are two types of sleep apnea, one is central sleep apnea and another is obstructive sleep apnea. Some scientists also suggested the third type of sleep apnea is complex sleep apnea, which is the combination of the two. Despite the types, the sleep apnea symptoms in adults can be listed as below:
Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
People with sleep apnea usually have short awakenings during the night (even though they don’t know about this situation). Because of such interruptions, the quality of sleep apnea sufferers cannot be good. They usually feel tired and sleepy during the day. Sometimes, the patient experiences severe excessive drowsiness and find it hard to complete any work or task.
Loud snoring during night sleep
Many people don’t think snoring is a sign of a deadly problem. Snoring appears when the airway in the throat is narrowed. This is a very unique symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, not all people who snore suffer from sleep apnea.
Stop breathing during sleep
Stop breathing during sleep is the symptom of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. However, this symptom is more common in central sleep apnea. In many cases, the sufferer doesn’t know he or she stops breathing during sleep. Usually, this symptom is recognized by a sleep partner.
Abrupt awakening with short, fast breath
When the person stops breathing, the oxygen level in the blood drops heavily. As an instinct reaction, the brain casts a warning signal and makes the person awake. These symptoms usually appear in obstructive sleep apnea.
Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
This is another symptom of sleep apnea.
Morning headache and insomnia
Due to the low quality of sleep, it’s quite common to see people with sleep apnea wake up with a headache. Low quality of night sleep leads to daytime drowsiness. They can easily fall asleep during the day. As a result, the biological clock is changed and they begin to find difficulty in getting asleep in the evening.
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Insomnia Natural Treatment – Treat Insomnia Without Using Drugs

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Suffering from insomnia is a real pain. Not only you can’t have a good night sleep the day life will also be a disaster if you don’t treat insomnia soon. The good news is in most cases, insomnia can be treated by natural methods. In this post, I will show you how to cure insomnia using natural home remedies. Insomnia natural home remedies are also known as non-medical treatments. They are sleep hygiene, relaxation therapy, stimulus control, and sleep restriction. We will go through all of them in this post.
Sleep hygiene

Natural Therapy Can Cure Insomnia
You can think about sleep hygiene as a lifestyle change in order to have better sleep. What you will do is having enough sleep first so you can feel fully recovered. However, don’t sleep too much. In addition, you will want to exercises from 20 to 30 minutes per day. These exercises must be hard but you must do daily. Besides, having a good sleep-wake schedule is vital in order to have good sleep hygiene. You can set a schedule like “going to bed at 11pm and get up at 5 or 6am”. The most important thing is to follow that schedule closely. Finally, don’t drink tea, coffee, and smoke before bedtime. It’s best to stop using such products.
Relaxation therapy
As you may know, insomnia, especially chronic insomnia is mainly caused by anxiety and depression. With that said, having a free mind before going to bed is a prerequisite for having a good sleep. The relaxation therapy makes use of music, light to help you free your mind from stress and depression. You may find this method is quite similar to yoga.
Stimulus control
The stimulus control method encourages people to sleep when they feel sleepy but again, don’t oversleep. This method is quite similar to the first one when it requires a specific sleep and wakeup time. However, this method says that if you can’t sleep after 30 minutes from the time you staying in bed, just wake up and do other things. When you feel sleepy, go to bed again. You will also need to get rid of all distractions like the TV, radio when you stay in bed.
Sleep restriction
This method requires you to follow a strict schedule of sleep time. You are allowed to sleep in a specific period. Out of that period, you are not allowed to sleep even you are sleepy. The therapist believes that by doing so, in the next bedtime, the patient will want to sleep more than before. Therefore, he or she will have a better, deeper sleep.
Sleep restriction uses a strict bedtime schedule. You will go to bed at a specific time and get up at a specific time, even when you are sleepy. Therapists believe that doing so will help the patient have better sleep next night.
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Chronic Insomnia Causes – Symptoms – Treatments

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Chronic insomnia is the most severe one in three types of insomnia, which include transient insomnia, acute insomnia, and chronic insomnia. While transient insomnia causes the difficulty falling asleep in less than 1 week, the acute insomnia period is less than 1 month, the difficulty falling asleep of people who suffer from chronic insomnia is more than one month.
Symptoms of chronic insomnia
Chronic insomnia is a type of insomnia so it has all the typical symptoms of regular insomnia. However, as mentioned above, the length of the problem is longer than one month. When people suffer from insomnia, they usually find it hard to fall asleep at night, waking up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep, waking up too early and the frequency of sleep disruption may increase over time. The total sleep time will be decreased too. Not only affects the quality of sleep, insomnia, especially chronic insomnia can have an impact to daily life. People usually find it hard to concentrate, impaired vision, fatigue and sleep during the day. This is the reason why people who suffer from insomnia have a high chance of taking traffic accidents. Insomnia also means that people have the difficulty in falling asleep in the daytime, for example, a short break after lunch.
Causes of chronic insomnia
Different from the causes of acute and transient insomnia, chronic insomnia is caused by a host of psychiatric or physiologic (medical) conditions. Psychiatric causes of insomnia include stress, anxiety, depression… On the opposite side, insomnia can be the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Physiological causes range from circadian rhythm disorders (disturbance of the biological clock), sleep-wake imbalance, to a variety of medical conditions. Chronic pain syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, nocturnal asthma… are the main physiological causes of insomnia. Also, if the person is using some specific type of drugs, he or she can suffer from insomnia too. For example, drugs used to treat high blood pressure, depression are believed to cause chronic insomnia.
Treatment of chronic insomnia
Base on the causes of chronic insomnia, each patient will have a unique treatment option. Chronic insomnia treatment usually can’t be done in a short time and it requires patience and effort from the patient (different from acute and transient insomnia, which require no treatment). There are two treatment options, medical treatment and non-medical treatment. However, to get the best result, the combination of the two should be used.
Non-medical treatment for chronic insomnia
Non-medical treatments for chronic insomnia are sleep hygiene, relaxation therapy, stimulus control, and sleep restriction.
Sleep hygiene
Sleep hygiene is a part of behavioral therapy that used to cure chronic insomnia (as well as other types of insomnia). The implementation is very simple. Here are what you need to do:
Sleep enough to feel you are recovered, however, don’t oversleep.
Have small but regular exercises every day. Be sure to not exercise too close to bedtime, 4 to 5 hours before that time will be O.K.

  • If you don’t want to sleep, don’t force yourself to
  • Have a good schedule of sleep and wake up. For example, go to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am every day.
  • Don’t drink tea or coffee near bedtime.
  • Try not to eat late, however, it’s vital to keep you from feeling hungry when going to bed.
  • Try to get rid of all stress, worries before going to bed.
    Relaxation therapy
    Relaxation therapy is the method where you use the meditation and relaxation to free your mind so you can easily get into sleep. You will use a dimming light and soft music as well.
    Stimulus control
    Stimulus control encourages people to go to sleep when they feel sleepy. Avoid watching TV, reading a book on the bed. If you can’t sleep after 30 minutes, wake up and do other things until you feel sleepy. Another important thing is to set a specific wake-up time in the morning, even at the weekend. Don’t allow you to oversleep or having too much daytime sleep.
    Sleep restriction
    Sleep restriction uses a strict bedtime schedule. You will go to bed at a specific time and get up at a specific time, even when you are sleepy. Therapists believe that doing so will help the patient have better sleep next night.
    Medical treatment for chronic insomnia
    There are quite a lot of medical prescriptions for insomnia. However, to get the maximum benefit, it is advised that the patient uses medical treatment along with non-medical treatment. The prescription drugs that used to treat chronic insomnia include Benzodiazepine sedatives, Nonbenzodiazepine sedatives, Ramelteon and some anti-depressant. Over the counter medications for insomnia include Antihistamines with sedative properties and Melatonin. However, it’s recommended that you ask your doctor first before using any kind of the drugs above because different from non-medical therapies, medical treatments can bring side effects.
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How To Cure Insomnia Using Natural Method

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Finding an effective treatment for insomnia can be hard. In fact, what you need to do first in order to cure insomnia is to find what the causes of your problem are. Is your lifestyle or the drugs you are taking the cause? There are three types of insomnia. They are transient, acute and chronic insomnia. The first two can be easily cured by using natural methods while the last one will require you to use the natural method in combination with the medical treatment.

However, the tips I will show you below can be applied to any cases and they are proven to help people treat insomnia quite effectively.
Get a specific sleep-wakeup schedule
The first thing you need to do is take a look at your sleep schedule. If you don’t have a good sleep schedule, you will surely suffer from insomnia. With that said, having a specific bedtime and wakeup time can be vital in treating insomnia. For example, you set your sleep time is 10pm and wakeup time is 6am. The most important thing is to follow that plan closely.
Get some relaxation
People suffer from chronic insomnia usually because they suffer from stress and depression first. That’s why relaxation properly can help you get better sleep. When you find it hard to get into sleep, turn the music player on and play some soft music. There are music tapes that designed uniquely for treating insomnia. You can find them at any local store.
Proper, regular exercises will cure insomnia too
Exercise regularly is proven to have a good effect on treating insomnia. You don’t need to spend a lot of time exercising. About 20 to 30 minutes a day will do. However, don’t exercise too close to bedtime or you will see it even harder to sleep.
Stay away from alcohol, coffee and tee
The last but also very important thing you need to do is to stop drinking alcohol, coffee, tea and smoke. I don’t need to say about their negative effects on your sleep here. If you don’t want to live with insomnia for the rest of your life, stay away from them. If it’s impossible to give up coffee, tea, you can drink a moderate amount but never near bedtime.
Conclusion
These above tips are simple but they are very effective in treating insomnia. Also, they are natural cure so don’t bring you any side effects. Just follow the guideline and you will see the quality and quantity of your sleep will be improved in days.
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Best Over The Counter Sleep Aid

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Best Over The Counter Sleep Aid

Before I tell you what is the best over the counter sleep aid, you will need to know these things first:

– Over the counter sleep aids are not the ultimate solution for sleeplessness. If you have chronic insomnia, apply lifestyle change is the best solution and it’s a real cure for sleeplessness.

– Over the counter sleep aid should be used occasionally, like when you have stress, on the travel of uncommon events. You cannot use the sleep aid all the time as the more you take them, the less effective they will be.

– Though these sleep aids are OTC, you still need to ask your doctor before using any of them if you are using medication for an anti-depressant.

– Sleep aid is used when you have tried other things like avoiding caffeine, practice good hygiene sleep, have regular sleep schedules but still haven’t seen any effects.

Now we start our journey to get the best OTC sleep aid that you can use to sleep well instantly. Here are the most common OTC sleep aids: 

Diphenhydramine (available in Sominex, Benadryl, Tylenol PM…)

This medication is not recommended for people who are breast-feeding, pregnant or have a history of glaucoma, heart problems, and enlarged prostate. While it can help you sleep better, you may suffer from some side effects like these:

• Dry mouth

• Drowsiness

• Problem with memory

• Dizziness

Doxylamine (available as Unisom)

Similar to the above one, this medication can cause prolonged drowsiness. It’s not recommended for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. Also, people who have a history of asthmabronchitisglaucomapeptic ulcerenlarged prostate should not use this OTC sleep aid.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a very popular sleep aid and it’s safe for most of the people. This is because melatonin is a chemical made by a gland in the human brain that signals the sleep time has come. However, melatonin is effective for people who find it hard to sleep due to jetlag or shift work. It doesn’t really act like a sleep aid. While melatonin is a natural hormone, it may interact with other drugs you are using. It’s best
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How To Cure Sleep Apnea

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When talking about the cure for sleep apnea, you might hear people talk about the mouthpiece, the CPAP machine… However, mouthpiece and CPAP machines are not the cure for sleep apnea (obstructive sleep apnea to be exact) because when you stop using them, you return to where you were, still suffer heavily from sleep apnea. If you are looking for ways to stop sleep apnea, you can go here. The only known cure for sleep apnea is surgery.

Surgery for sleep apnea usually doesn’t take a great deal of time. In fact, doctors consider sleep apnea surgery (many people call this snoring surgery) is a minor one. Also, the success rate is quite high. 95% of people who have surgery reported great improvement in their sleep as well as their lives.

There are two types of surgery for sleep apnea. The palatal surgery and jaw surgery. Each one takes a different place to cut but the goals are identical, to open the airway passage wider, thus remove the obstruction. The palatal surgery will remove the tissue located on the palate by using a surgical or laser procedure. Meanwhile, jaw surgery will advance the lower jaw forward so the esophagus will be moved forward too. The outcome of this adjustment is the throat now is opened wider so air can flow in and out easily. The patients will no longer suffer from sleep apnea/snoring.

While the success rate of sleep apnea surgery is very high, there is still a risk that you might need to consider before taking it. As the surgery will leave wounds and wounds will heal afterward, it could leave scars too. In normal people, scars will be flat and in that case, the surgery is successful. However, in some rare cases, the scars may grow big and create a greater obstruction that makes the situation of the patients worse. Unfortunately, there is no way to know whether the scar will grow big or not.

So now you know how to cure sleep apnea. However, if the problem is not severe, you can apply simple therapies such as Oral Appliance Therapy (use mouthpiece, mouth guard), practice sleep hygiene or even use the CPAP machine. However, if sleep apnea gets worse, don’t be afraid of applying the surgery. There are many people have gone through it and live their lives without sleep apnea/snoring forever.
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Effects Of Sleep Apnea

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Suffering from sleep apnea is really annoying. The effects of sleep apnea can vary from people to people. Also, the effects of sleep apnea on children are different from the effects on adults.

The common between adult and children

When suffering from sleep apnea, both children and adult will have difficulty breathing while sleeping. They usually have short wakening during the night and the quality of sleep, therefore, not well. Sleep apnea causes snoring in both children and adult which the problem that may disturb the sleep of their roommates.

The differences

There are some differences between the effects of sleep apnea on children and on adult. While adult suffers excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), children don’t have this problem. On the contrary, children with sleep apnea appear to be hyperactive and they can easily be suffered from ADHD. They find it hard to concentrate on one thing and easily jump from this item to another. Adult also finds it hard to concentrate too and feel very tired and easily fall asleep while working or studying.

During the sleep, adult can have a short period of stop breathing, this symptom is not very common in kids. However, kids with sleep apnea usually move around while sleeping.

The solution for sleep apnea

In children, apply CPAP machine has some difficulties as there are not very many masks made for the size of children’s face. Losing weight (if they are overweight) and surgery is the most common solution. In adult, there are more options. You can use a CPAP machine to aid the breath or use mouthpiece for sleep apnea. Surgery is considered as the last option.
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