The increasing problem of insomnia and how to beat it ?

You will be surprised to know that the entire world is facing the problem of insomnia, which is increasing with the passage of time. In this article, I am going to talk about some interesting facts about insomnia and sleep. In the end, I will also share some tips on how to beat insomnia. Sleep is a gift of nature and if you are able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours a day then, you are one of the luckiest persons in this world. If you ask the same question to me then, my answer will be 5 to 6 hours.

As per a recent study conducted by a consumer products’ giant (2015), 93% of the Indians are sleep-deprived. The survey also found that 72% of the people are waking up one to three times in the night and 87% say that they are not in good health due to lack of sleep. These people have also admitted that lack of sleep. Scientists have found that 24 x 7 lifestyle, using mobile till late nights, working in rotational shifts and to stay ahead of the competition have contributed to insomnia.

Are you wasting your time while sleeping?

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Extremely prophetic” – Thomas Dekker

Again…

Thomas Alva Edision described sleep, ‘as a waste of time, a heritage from our cave days’

 

If you consider 8 hours of sleep per day to be the benchmark then, a person aged 90 years, would have spent 32 years in sleep. That’s why many people think that they are wasting their time sleeping. But, that’s not the case. Sleep is a gift from nature for our good health.

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Some facts about sleep

During sleep, brain cells work very hard to remove all the waste that builds up when we are awake. Sleep can be divided into two stages –

  • NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement)
  • REM (Rapid Eye Movement)

NREM sleep is the type of sleep when you don’t dream. NREM sleep helps your body to restore and recover. REM sleep lasts for about 90 minutes and takes place in 3 to 4 parts. Everyone dreams in REM sleep. Eyes moves very fast, while closed.

Studies have also shown that people who are in higher postions are found to sleep. So, you can say that the amount of responsibilty is inversely proportion to the time you sleep.

Beat Insomnia

In this section of the article, I am going to share tips that will help you to beat insomnia.

  • Exercise after waking up in the morning.
  • Avoid sleeping during daytime. If required, don’t sleep for more than 30 minutes.
  • Stop using electronic gadgets for 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
  • Listening to soothing music can help you to fall asleep.
  • Cut down your caffeine, nicotine and alcohol consumption. It would  be great if you can avoid them.
  • For best advice, you can always consult your doctor.

Hope these few tips will help you to beat insomnia.

 

 

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  1. important health concern.. good information

  2. As an Insomniac, I appreciate your effort to educate your readers about this very important topic. It’s sad to see when people label sleeping as a “waste of time”. They don’t give the effort to learn the side-effects of insomnia.

    1. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you get rid of insomnia very soon.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this article. I really needed this. On good days I live on 5 hrs, and just 4 on bad days.
    [@samantha_rjsdr] from
    Whimsical Compass

    1. Hope you get rid of it very soon.

  4. Really liked your tips. Simple and easy to follow.

    1. Thanks for your kind words.

  5. lovely article.. and a much needed one considering how common insomnia is these days

    1. Thanks to our 24×7 lifestyle.

  6. Great piece. I also wrote something about falling asleep here –
    https://soulspeakwithsonam.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/how-to-fall-asleep-in-minutes/

    1. Thanks, Sonam for sharing those tips. The ‘cucumber technique’ is quite popular.

  7. I have serious insomnia issue.. I need to follow some of the tips shared by you.

    1. Please do so and do let me know about its results.

  8. The days when there is no electricity (meaning no gadgets) are the days most of us sleep well. Using essential oils and relaxation techniques before bed have helped me sleep well. This article is sure to spread some awareness on the importance of sleep.
    #MyFriendAlexa #literarylehareads

    1. Thanks for the kind words.

    • Monika Suri on September 13, 2018 at 20:33
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    i also face Insomnia on many days while on other days I am able to get a sound sleep . I think I have to cut down using mobile atleast an hour before sleeping

    1. and do let us know about the results

  9. IN this digital age, insomnia is sure to be on an ascent. Your tip of switching off the gadgets 30 mins prior to sleep is indeed a valuable one!

    1. 30 minutes is a minimum. The more … the better it is.

    • DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter on September 15, 2018 at 11:25
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    More and more millennials are facing the issue of sleepless nights. What’s even more shocking is that medical practitioners are blindly prescribing drugs. This blog post gives useful tips on beating insomnia. Do write about the wrongful practices on beating insomna. #MayuraReads #MyFriendAlexa

    1. Sleeping pills should be the last option. This is a personal view.

  10. I know someone who just doesn’t sleep. Her best is 2-3 hours a night. And strange as it may sound, she is always active. It doesn’t reduce her productivity. She has visited several doctors but nothing seems to be the problem.
    Your post is quite informative and I am sure people will benefit from it.

    1. Thank you for your feedback.

  11. Insomnia has become very common lately and these are some helpful pointers. Informative post.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

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