INSOMNIA
 
<ul><li>CAN'T SLEEP?   Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Tossing and turning. Your mind is racing,...
Causes <ul><li>Medical Conditions In a 1999 survey, 22% of adults reported that health conditions, pain, or discomfort imp...
<ul><li>Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome Delayed circadian clock </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic </li></ul><ul><li>.   Childhood Ins...
 
Problems with lack of sleep <ul><li>▪   Increased emotional distress and irritability </li></ul><ul><li>▪   Increased clum...
<ul><li>There ARE things you can do! Read on and learn some new tricks to sleep well. These tips are also known as &quot;S...
<ul><li>Sleep only when sleepy   This reduces the time you are awake in bed.   </li></ul><ul><li>If you can't fall asleep ...
<ul><li>•  Don't take naps   This will ensure you are tired at bedtime. If you just can't make it through the day without ...
Exercise <ul><li>•  Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime   Regular exercise is recommended to help you sl...
Sleep Rituals <ul><li>•  Develop sleep rituals   It is important to give your body cues that it is time to slow down and s...
Bed Habits <ul><li>Only use your bed for sleeping   Refrain from using your bed to watch TV, pay bills, do work or reading...
 
Stay away from Stimulants <ul><li>•  Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before bed   Caffein...
<ul><li>•  Have a light snack before bed   If your stomach is too empty, that can interfere with sleep. However, if you ea...
Warm Bath <ul><li>.&quot;...  •  Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime   A hot bath will raise your body temperature, ...
<ul><li>. If noise bothers you, wear earplugs  •  </li></ul><ul><li>Use sunlight to set your biological clock   As soon as...
<ul><li>Poor sleep habits (referred to as hygiene) are among the most common problems encountered in our society. We stay ...
 
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  1. 1. INSOMNIA
  2. 3. <ul><li>CAN'T SLEEP? Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Tossing and turning. Your mind is racing, going over everything that happened today. Night noises keep you awake. What can you do? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Causes <ul><li>Medical Conditions In a 1999 survey, 22% of adults reported that health conditions, pain, or discomfort impaired their sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>. Emotional Disorders A large percentage of chronic insomnia cases prove to have a serious psychologic or psychological basis. The disorders that most often cause insomnia are chronic anxiety, depression, and bipolar (manic) depression. At least 70% of people with depression complain of insomnia. Hormonal Changes during Aging </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Delayed Sleep-Phase Syndrome Delayed circadian clock </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic </li></ul><ul><li>. Childhood Insomnia One study suggested that parents who do not regulate bedtime schedules may encourage a tendency for sleeplessness in their child.. </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral factors Chronic insomnia can also be due to behavioral factors. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Problems with lack of sleep <ul><li>▪ Increased emotional distress and irritability </li></ul><ul><li>▪ Increased clumsiness and poor coordination </li></ul><ul><li>▪ Decreased work performance and memory lapses </li></ul><ul><li>▪ Increased risk of automobile accidents </li></ul><ul><li>▪ Difficulty concentrating </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>There ARE things you can do! Read on and learn some new tricks to sleep well. These tips are also known as &quot;Sleep Hygiene </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Sleep only when sleepy This reduces the time you are awake in bed. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something boring until you feel sleepy Sit quietly in the dark . Don't expose yourself to bright light while you are up. The light gives cues to your brain that it is time to wake up </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>• Don't take naps This will ensure you are tired at bedtime. If you just can't make it through the day without a nap, sleep less than one hour, before 3 pm. </li></ul><ul><li>• Get up and go to bed the same time every day Even on weekends! When your sleep cycle has a regular rhythm, you will feel better.. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Exercise <ul><li>• Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime Regular exercise is recommended to help you sleep well, but the timing of the workout is important. Exercising in the morning or early afternoon will not interfere with sleep </li></ul>
  10. 12. Sleep Rituals <ul><li>• Develop sleep rituals It is important to give your body cues that it is time to slow down and sleep. Listen to relaxing music, read something soothing for 15 minutes, have a cup of caffeine free tea, do relaxation exercises. • </li></ul>
  11. 13. Bed Habits <ul><li>Only use your bed for sleeping Refrain from using your bed to watch TV, pay bills, do work or reading. So when you go to bed your body knows it is time to sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Sex is the only exception </li></ul>
  12. 15. Stay away from Stimulants <ul><li>• Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before bed Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that interfere with your ability to fall asleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, chocolate and some prescription and non-prescription drugs contain caffeine. Cigarettes and some drugs contain nicotine. Alcohol may seem to help you sleep in the beginning as it slows brain activity, but you will end end up having fragmented sleep. </li></ul>
  13. 16. <ul><li>• Have a light snack before bed If your stomach is too empty, that can interfere with sleep. However, if you eat a heavy meal before bedtime, that can interfere as well. Dairy products and turkey contain tryptophan, which acts as a natural sleep inducer. Tryptophan is probably why a warm glass of milk is sometimes recommended </li></ul>
  14. 17. Warm Bath <ul><li>.&quot;... • Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime A hot bath will raise your body temperature, but it is the drop in body temperature that may leave you feeling sleepy. </li></ul><ul><li>.Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable A hot room can be uncomfortable. A cooler room along with enough blankets to stay warm is recommended. </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>. If noise bothers you, wear earplugs • </li></ul><ul><li>Use sunlight to set your biological clock As soon as you get up in the morning, go outside and turn your face to the sun for 15 minutes. </li></ul>
  16. 19. <ul><li>Poor sleep habits (referred to as hygiene) are among the most common problems encountered in our society. We stay up too late and get up too early. We interrupt our sleep with drugs, chemicals and work, and we overstimulate ourselves with late-night activities such as television </li></ul>

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