Tired from work, you arrived at your house thinking that you want some rest. So you ate your dinner, prepare to sleep, and lay in your bed. After you turned off the lights, thoughts popped in your head and you can’t stop thinking.
And instead of sleeping, you end up thinking about all the things that you did for the past few days, weeks, and months. You tried to keep yourself distracted so you grab your phone and look through your social media accounts.
After some time, you realized that it’s already 3 AM and you’re still wide awake and can’t sleep. And even if you closed your eyes, your brain continues to think, think, and think.
If you experienced this situation, maybe it’s time to know the reason why this happens to you. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and it is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
There various types of insomnia but there are three common types of it. To know more about your situation, here are some types of insomnia and what triggers it:
This type of insomnia only lasts for a few days to a week. The good news is, it may not require any treatment.
What triggers transient insomnia? Stress, Jet lag, excitement, worrying about something, and sleeping in a new place. Since its effects are short term, you can regain your healthy sleeping routine once it all the emotion passed.
Being calm is recommendable for transient insomnia, calming yourself will help you sleep naturally.
Acute insomnia lasts for less than three months. Just like transient insomnia, acute insomnia is caused by worrying, stress, change in environment, medication, withdrawal from alcohol, caffeine or nicotine, emotional discomfort, and illness.
Acute insomnia lasts more because of the stress of thinking about it that creates a cycle of insomnia. Sticking to your sleep pattern can somehow help and also avoid doing activities in the evening.
Chronic insomnia is the worst on this list. It usually lasts for months or years. Chronic insomnia reflects on your lifestyle pattern, it can be caused by depression or anxiety, pain, or discomfort at night.
It can also be caused by long-term medical conditions such as asthma, acid reflux, menopause, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, etc.
Treatment of chronic insomnia may vary depending on the cause of your insomnia. Medication and therapy are recommendable. If you’re experiencing this kind of insomnia, it’s better to consult a doctor.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that we experience but we can prevent it as early as possible. Remember to maintain a healthy sleep pattern and to not overthink too much. Learn to relax and take a rest for a while, a healthy mind is a healthy body.