In the present scenario of medical awareness, there is so much being written and said about fatal diseases such as cancer and AIDS; that disorders such as insomnia seem rather insignificant to us. However, this thought process may be far from truth and could end up leading you into major health issues.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that occurs in 3 different variants. Transient insomnia lasts for the shortest duration of less than a week, short term insomnia persists for a few weeks and finally chronic insomnia is the form that extends for about a month or more. There are many misconceptions related to this disorder. In fact, the impact of insomnia on the human body is highly underestimated. Sleep disorder leads to many health and related issues that include headaches, blurred vision, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, erratic appetite, irritability, agitation, lack of concentration, fatigue, inability to cope with stress, decreased memory and addictions. Some of causes of this disorder are work shift changes, jet lag, stress, unhealthy diet, poor sleeping environment, drug withdrawal, alcohol abuse, depression and intake of over the counter drugs.
Since the symptoms of insomnia are no different from any other form of sickness, therefore many patients are unable to identify the exact nature of this problem. Although conventional treatment may be the only answer to chronic insomnia, other forms of insomnia can be successfully cured with alternative therapies such as relaxation, meditation, acupuncture and herbal supplements. Whether conventional or alternative, treatment must be undertaken at the earliest. Prolonged insomnia reduces the immunity of the body, which makes the body extremely vulnerable to other infections and diseases.
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