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Insomnia and anxiety Prevention

The psychophysiological insomnia is to know

Representing 15 to 20% of insomnia, it appears without obvious cause, usually after a sleepless whose cause is identifiable (surgery, childbirth, psychological stress, work unsociable hours ...). This is a negative conditioning to insomnia whose signs are paradoxical activation of arousal systems when the person goes to bed:

  • Fear of not sleeping
  • Tension or anxiety at bedtime
  • The spontaneous sleepiness when sleep is not wanted (watching TV ...)
  • The inability to take a nap to recover

With what should we be confused?

Before the diagnosis of insomnia related to anxiety, you should rule out underlying organic pathology such as hyperthyroidism, manic, sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome ...

Insomnia is an early sign of depression is the diagnosis closest to distinguish a "simple" anxiety.

Taking stimulants such as coffee, tea, certain medications (cortisone, vit C) or alcohol after 17h alone can cause sleep disorders disabling.

Physical activity, hyperactivity intellectual or emotional burnout (video games ...) in the evening are also causing difficulty falling asleep.

Finally there are large and small sleepers and sleep needs decrease with age. Not to attribute falsely insomnia paced, it suffices to evaluate its impact on the activity and daytime alertness. If they are disturbed, insomnia is a real, that is to say, a lack of sleep.

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