Around 25% of Americans experience acute insomnia each year. Out of which, 75% of the people recovered themselves in 12 months, a study reported.
According to National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Insomnia is characterized by its duration, i.e., acute insomnia and chronic insomnia.
Acute insomnia or occasional sleepless nights can be short as 1 or 2 days or spanning on weeks till three months. It occurs due to some unexpected circumstances in your life like you slept the whole day, so obviously, you will not get sleep in the night. It can be due to stress or due to a lot of excitement also(like going on a date with your crush). This is normal in people, and you need not to panic in such a case.
But sometimes it is pretty frustrating when we have difficulty falling asleep when you are tired. At this time, certain minute measures like staying away from nicotine, coffee before going to bed. You should avoid eating before going to bed. You should not see your mobile screen for a long time before going to bed and importantly avoid reading e-books altogether before going to bed.
Making your sleep pattern consistent will help you a lot.
Then comes chronic insomnia, it may start harmlessly in your life. Then it starts taking its toll, emotional and physical health seems to be on the verge. The mere thought of night makes you cringe.
At this moment in your life, you should consult your doctor and yeah, it can be treated naturally. You have to stick to a plan. Exercise more.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the last thread to escape from chronic insomnia. Medication can show results, but it tends to be temporary and highly addictive.
According to a study published in the journal of BMC Family Practice, therapy is better at improving sleep efficiency than common drugs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy taught us how to be calm and controlled through meditation and breathing techniques. It is like re-teaching your body how to sleep.