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Looking At Side Effects Associated With Insomnia

Jun 7, 2008
No longer a rare occurrence, insomnia affects many people each year. The good news is many of the sufferers are suffering only temporary. Those who occasionally deal with temporary insomnia can almost always link their lack of rest to a specific life event or something stressful occurring in their life.

Americans who suffer from the kind of insomnia that lasts longer than a few nights here and there, and there are only a small group of them, may struggle with this problem for weeks on end. In some cases, the insomnia may grow so persistent and severe that it will be an ongoing process for months or even years! It is these sufferers who discover the side effects of insomnia first hand.

Prior to dealing with the side effects of insomnia, determining the kind from which the individual suffers is a key component. Generally speaking, there are three major kinds of insomnia and sufferers usually consistently fall into one category. They either fail to fall asleep at all; they may fall asleep but awaken again intermittently every hour or two, or lastly they may fall asleep and remain asleep for a period of three hours or slightly more, only to awaken after that time and not find it possible to return to sleep.

Those who suffer from insomnia often seek out over-the-counter medication for help. Sadly, most sleep aids found over-the-counter don't address each form of insomnia, but only focus on helping you get to sleep. Sufferers who can fall asleep but can't stay asleep often find themselves still waking in the night, with increased tiredness from the pills.

Side effects noted by individuals suffering from insomnia of any kind usually deal with headaches and an inability to concentrate. In conjunction with a pronounced irritability that affects those around the insomniac, these make social interactions and even working relationships sometimes hard to endure. While the insomniac may attempt to not let the lack of restful sleep interfere, sooner rather than later the natural resources are used up and the sufferer finds that just maintaining an even keel is getting harder to do.

When the natural energy reserves of the insomniac run dry, the condition can become quite dangerous. A lack of sleep can cause many problems, including problems with operating a car or even being a watchful pedestrian. Someone with insomnia may put themselves at an increased risk of being in an auto accident.

Sometimes unwise lifestyle choices are made when those suffering from insomnia realize their lack of sleep is adversely affecting the rest of their life. They often reach out toward legal stimulants to counteract their lack of sleep. These over the counter substances are often dangerous and can lead to other health issues when used often.

Often insomniacs will try to get a good night's sleep by "self-medicating" with alcohol or recreational drugs. The danger in this type of practice is incredible for the insomniac and their loved ones. The good news is there are many treatments out there which help those who have trouble sleeping, gain the rest they badly need.
About the Author
Lewis Lawson is a freelance writer who specializes in the research associated with finding a natural sleep aid and insomnia cure.
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