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    Insomnia Insomnia Presentation Transcript

    • Insomnia By: insomniactothemax
      • Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, or having a non-refreshing sleep for 1 month.
      What Is It?
    • Causes Alcohol Coffee Stress Anxiety
    • Symptoms Difficulty staying awake at work
    • ....not feeling refreshed when you wake up. or...
    • Interesting Fact
      • Insomnia comes from the Latin words:
      “ in” (not) “ somnus” (sleep) = insomnia ( no sle ep)
    • Insomnia and Aging
      • Insomnia becomes more common with age.
      • As you get older, you could experience:
        • a change in sleep patterns
        • a change in activity
        • a change in health
        • increased use of medications
    • Gender
      • Women are more likely to experience insomnia
      • Hormonal shifts during the menstrual cycle and in menopause may play a role
    • During menopause, night sweats and hot flashes often disturb sleep.
    • and of course, the complications….
    • lower performance at work or at school…
    • slowed reaction time while driving..
    • … and even obesity
    • What can I do….
    • Education
      • Sleep hygiene teaches habits that promote good sleep.
    • Relaxation Techniques
      • Progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback and breathing exercises are ways to reduce anxiety at bedtime. These strategies help you control your breathing, heart rate, muscle tension and mood.
    • Light Therapy
      • If you fall asleep too early and then awaken too early, you can use light to push back your internal clock. During times of the year when it's light outside in the evenings, you go outside or get light via a medical-grade light box.
    • Medicine
    • Melatonin
      • Your body naturally produces melatonin, releasing it into your bloodstream in increasing amounts starting at dusk and tapering off toward the morning. Older people seem to have a greater benefit from melatonin, but no convincing evidence exists to prove that melatonin is an effective treatment for insomnia. It's generally considered safe to use melatonin for a few weeks, but the long-term safety of melatonin is unknown.
    • Acupuncture
      • During an acupuncture session, a practitioner places numerous thin needles in your skin at specific points on your body. There's some evidence that this practice may be beneficial for people with insomnia.