If you have been suffering from persistent insomnia for two to three weeks or longer, we recommend that you see your medical doctor. As noted there are many possible conditions, some of them serious or complex, that may be causing your problem. You should also be aware that insomnia can be a sign of emotional upset, distress or depression - especially if you tend to waken in the middle of the night or early in the morning, before you've had an adequate amount of sleep - and are unable to get back to sleep. If this is the case with you, we suggest you consult your medical doctor and/or a psychological professional.
If you are operating as a sleep-deprived person we caution you to be careful around dangerous machinery - such as an electric saw, a carving knife or, most importantly, an automobile - which you should NOT drive if you are at all - in any way - susceptible to falling asleep in your tired state.
SLEEPY DRIVERS ARE DANGEROUS DRIVERS!
Recent statistics have shown that sleepy drivers are as dangerous and destructive as intoxicated drivers. In fact, statistics have shown that a major cause of accidents at work and on the road is drowsiness from lack of sleep. Just to show how dangerous drowsiness can be, more than 40,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths each year result from traffic accidents involving sleepy drivers. Perhaps you won't be surprised then to learn that on the day after we switch to daylight savings time each spring, when we lose an hour's sleep, the accident rate shows a dramatic rise - consistently, every year. Interesting, hmm? And scary. That's why there's this campaign you may have seen that urges people to "Choose to Snooze." It's wise advice. Insomnia is only now beginning to get the attention it deserves - now that research is showing that it's a great deal more prevalent - and troublesome - treacherous, actually - than previously thought. We advise that you be responsible to yourself and others and don't handle dangerous machinery - like automobiles - when you're overtired.
OUR BUSY-BUSY LIVES
Many people these days lead such busy-busy lives that they try to gain time by cutting down on sleep time - which is not a wise choice, as it turns out. We need a good night's sleep for our bodies and minds to get back into what we think of as "proper-alignment" - in order to deal effectively with the stressful days so many of us have in contemporary life.
It's important to maintain good health - body health and emotional health. A major cause of insomnia is stress and/or anxiety - both common components of modern life. Take care of the issues that cause you stress or anxiety and your insomnia will probably lesson - or even disappear. Of course that sounds a great deal simpler than it is. But in general, one should address emotional issues as seriously and professionally as one addresses physical issues. We have more about stress and anxiety in our section on Emotional Issues. (See Navigation Bars to the left.)
MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH
Basically what you want to do - what all of us ought to do - is maintain good physical/mental health - because they're both part of one interacting system. It's not just your body or just your mind - it's both together in one interacting system. And maintaining that system in optimum shape is key to leading a satisfying, healthy and productive life. That's why it's important to eat right and do enough exercise or physical labor to maintain your body in healthy condition. This also aids in getting you truly tired before you go to sleep.
A healthful diet, proper exercise & hygiene - all of these help you to maintain a healthy body. And a healthy body helps you in every aspect of your life. If you are not physically healthy, or are in physical pain, that can keep you awake quite a number of hours. Of course if you have a medical condition that's giving you pain and you haven't sought medical treatment yet, is it any wonder that you're lying awake suffering? Try to remedy your pain or discomfort as best you can, as soon as you can - and of course consult a doctor in the morning - or immediately, if appropriate.
THE BODY AND MODERN LIFE
The human body was not designed to drive around in a car all day or sit and watch tv hour after hour; it is not designed to be sedentary but quite the opposite - we're intended to be sleek and efficient in our movements - to have musculature that aids us in hunting and planting and carrying our progeny about. If you've allowed your body to get fat and flabby, you have let a magnificent piece of machinery go to pot - and that may well be contributing to your sleep problems. The good news is, it's rarely too late to regenerate that machine into good working order.
If you have been up for a while now and it's late - too late to get a good night's sleep - we offer some TECHNIQUES to help get you through the day when you feel wretched from sleep deprivation.
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