The 5 Types of Insomnia and What to Do About Them

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Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Low Energy
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Mood Disturbances
  • Decreased Performance in Work or School

The causes for insomnia vary widely from person to person. Understanding the cause of your insomnia can help you find the best way to overcome it. Here are some of the common types of insomnia.

1. Anxiety-Related Insomnia 

Anxiety-related insomnia means you’re too worried about sleep to get to sleep. When you get too little sleep this can heighten our anxiety around sleep and in turn it keeps us awake at night.

Relaxation through meditation can help combat the effects of insomnia as it can change the structure of the brain and cause you to relax.

2. Rebound Insomnia

Rebound Insomnia can occur if you quit taking sleeping pills too quickly. Major life events can cause short-term stress related sleeplessness; events such as divorce, death, job change or natural disaster.

If you have taken sleep medications for more than a month or two and it is becoming a habit, don’t quit cold turkey. When you quit too suddenly, it can cause rebound wakefulness. To avoid this, simply taper your dose. Always consult your doctor before modifying your dose.

3. Backfire Insomnia 

Do you ever find that when you get too much sleep you feel more tired than when you went to bed. This could be caused by going to bed too early, also known as backfire insomnia. If you go to bed too early because you didn’t sleep well the night before, you can start spending too much time in bed and turn this short term problem in a chronic one.

If it takes you two hours to fall asleep don’t go to sleep right away, wait until you are tired.

4. Faux Insomnia 

Faux insomnia is when you mistake sleepiness with being drained.There is a big difference between the two. Fatigue is a feeling you have right after you finish a workout. Feeling sleepy is a sensation that originates in the brain

If you find you are consistently out of energy, it may be time to up your vitamin intake or drink more water. If you are tired throughout the day, you may have a sleep issue that may need attention.

5. Inconsistent-Schedule Insomnia 

If you have an inconsistent schedule throughout your week you may find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Try establishing a routine for mealtimes, exercising, going to sleep and awaking in the morning.

Chiropractic Care For Insomnia 

Chiropractic care can assist with insomnia in children, sensory kids and adults. There are two aspects to your nervous system, the sympathetic (gas pedal) and parasympathetic (brake pedal). If these two very important symptoms are not in sync the body may get “stuck” in a stress response, this can lead to insomnia. Chiropractic helps establish a balance between these two systems within our nervous system.

If you’ve tried everything you can think for several months and are still unable to get a good nights rest, it may be time to consult a doctor.

For more tips on health maintenance come visit our clinic in Langley. At Rai Chiropractic, we have a number of healthcare professionals that can help you feel restful, decrease stress, and feel healthy again.