Thursday, September 27, 2012

Insomnia: a little big problem

Today I read an article about the insomnia problem at the guardian newspaper ( What's the solution for insomnia? Drugs? Therapy? sleep patterns natural?

David K. Randall wrote the book named "Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep".  Every night, about a third of adults have problems falling asleep that aren't related to a persistent sleep disorder. Sleep is not only a precious thing … but it is the most important one.

Treating insomnia isn't easy. Part of the reason is that science, as a whole, has a fuzzy definition of what constitutes the disorder. For example, one night of bad sleep because of a blaring car alarm or an upcoming stressful day at work doesn't classify as insomnia. Instead, in peaceful nights during which a patient can't fall asleep when he or she wants to.

One interesting issue, according the article, there is no medical test that proves whether someone is suffering from a temporary bout of sleepless nights or a more serious disorder. It's because we can't easily judge the time that we are asleep. Some patients in sleep labs say they took for more than one hour to falling asleep, but the brain chart shows it happened within the first 10 minutes. Others, wake up in labs claiming that they didn't sleep at all during the night, despite hours of video and brain wave evidence to the contrary.

When insomnia appears, many people turn to pharmaceuticals. But popular sleeping pills don't offer a major boost in sleep time or quality. Other uses therapy. Carol Worthman says insomnia is an "ancient survival mechanism", due to our modern comfortable life.

What 's next?  Go to the doctor now !!