Myths And Misconceptions About Insomnia

I am frequently asked, "What are the most common myths and misconceptions about insomnia"

1. Older people are likely to develop insomnia simply because of their age.

Virtually all instances of chronic insomnia can be due to a psychological cause, a lifestyle choice, or a medical condition.

What was once thought to be age-related insomnia has been re-evaluated. It was widely held that people over sixty could expect a change in sleep habits simply due to age. It is now felt that, although older people do often experience more difficulty sleeping, the underlying cause is most likely a medical reason. This is because many of the medical conditions that are responsible for causing poor sleep patterns are also commonly prevalent in older individuals.

Therefore, aging alone does not automatically mean you will develop insomnia. Those medical conditions that commonly afflict older citizens and that can be linked with insomnia include: sleep apnea, gastroesophageal-reflux disease (GERD), depression, restless legs syndrome, heart or kidney problems, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis and cancer. All of these disorders can cause either pain or breathing problems, affect normal functioning of neurons or cause disruptive muscle movements, leading to difficulty falling or remaining asleep.

2. Alcohol helps you sleep.

There is a misconception about alcohol. Most people are aware that alcohol is a sedative, and so it is assumed that if you drink before bed, you will fall asleep and stay asleep the whole night (regardless of whether you wake up with a hangover or not). Alcohol can allow you to fall asleep, but what most people are unaware of is that it can disrupt sleep as the night wears on. You sleep in a lighter, more restless state.

3. Lying in bed (even when not sleepy) will help you to fall asleep.

If you cannot fall asleep after lying in bed for about 20 minutes, you should get up, go to another room and do something that relaxes you—perhaps light reading or listening to soothing music. When you finally do feel sleepy, go back to bed; you will likely fall asleep.

Beds are made for sleep, sex or when you are sick. Don't toss and turn all night. Get up and try the things mentioned above.

4. Trying to fall asleep will cause you to get to sleep.

If you are suffering from insomnia, “trying” to fall asleep will just make it harder to do so. Do something relaxing, like taking a warm bath, reading some light material, or eating a light snack such as a glass of warm milk. Milk has calcium which helps induce sleep.

5. If you don’t get 8 hours of sleep, you will function poorly the next day.

While it is true that 7 to 8 or 9 hours of sleep is optimal for most adults, most people can function fairly well even after a sleepless night.

6. If you have a night of good sleep, it will be followed by a restless, sleepless night.

This is not generally true. Usually, after a good night’s sleep, you are more relaxed and feel good, and you will tend not to worry as much about sleeping; therefore you probably will sleep well again the next night.

7.  There is no way to control racing thoughts.

This is also untrue. Giving yourself time to go over the day’s events (before you get into bed) and planning ahead for tomorrow or further into the future helps a racing mind relax. You can also teach your mind to relax with meditation and hypnosis techniques.

8. Insomniacs have no enjoyment in life.

Dealing with insomnia can be challenging, but it need not become a roadblock that prevents enjoyment of life. Another of the
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9. Sleeping pills are my best option.

You might be able to get short-term relieve with sleeping pills, but they may have unwanted side effects and often do not give you the deep, restful sleep your body needs. Explore other, more natural options; they may prove safer and be more effective.

10. Insomnia can cause serious health issues.

There is some truth that a link exists between insomnia and certain diseases. However, it is unlikely that you will develop serious health problems, especially if you treat insomnia seriously and take steps to combat it. It is wise to consult a doctor to rule out other underlying medical conditions, as there is a relationship between the amount and quality of sleep gotten and various health conditions.

Depression often goes hand in hand with insomnia. Lack of sufficient sleep can influence the secretion of growth hormone which is linked to obesity. As the hormone secretion decreases, risk of weight gain increases. In addition, hypertension and cardiovascular issues can result with sleep that gets interrupted, impairing the normal blood pressure drop that happens during the sleep cycle. And there is research indicating that a lack of sufficient sleep adversely affects insulin utilization, leading to the onset of diabetes.

Is snoring dangerous to my health? Snoring is common (especially for men) and although it may not be harmful for most people, it can be a symptom of a disorder known as sleep apnea.

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Sleep apnea: If accompanied by extreme sleepiness during the day, can be life threatening. It occurs when the airway is temporarily blocked, causing gaps in breathing and preventing air from flowing, thus reducing oxygen levels in the blood. This puts a strain on the heart and cardiovascular system, and can lead to cardiovascular illness. Frequent and regular snoring has been linked directly to hypertension.

Two physical features contributing to sleep apnea are obesity and having a large neck. Sleep apnea is treatable; if you or someone you know has these snoring patterns and wakes up gasping for breath frequently during the night, it is advisable to see a doctor.

Can sleep debt be difficult to pay back, and can it be dangerous?

Most sleep experts claim that the majority of adults require between 7 to 9 hours of nightly sleep to perform optimally and for maximum safety and health. Sleep debt does accumulate without adequate sleep and when it becomes prolonged, it can be hard to catch up.

When sleep deprivation becomes severe enough, it has been associated with high blood pressure, obesity, mood and behavior issues, as well as affecting productivity and safety at home, at work and while driving.

Do older people need less sleep?

Another of the myths and misconceptions about insomnia is that older people tend to wake more frequently and sleep more lightly during the night, so may get less sleep at night.  It then becomes harder for them to meet their requirement, but their sleep requirement is the same as younger adults. They may take daytime naps to make up for the less sleep at night.

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Don't kid yourself. This is not one of the myths and misconceptions about insomnia. Insomnia kills and not just us.

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