According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is 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, and decreased performance in work or at school.
Insomnia can be chronic or acute. Short-term acute insomnia lasts for days or weeks. It is regular and often triggered by work stress, home issues, or even a traumatic event. A month or more persists for chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is typically some other problem's symptom or side effect. Certain medical conditions can cause chronic insomnia, medications, sleep disorders, and drugs.
The US Department of Health and Human Resources states that women are more affected by insomnia than men. Also, younger adults are less likely to suffer than older ones. Those at risk for insomnia:
- Stress often
- Live with depression
- Work late shifts
- Have low incomes
- Are inactive
- Travel long distances
If you battle with insomnia, you may have noticed tremendous effects on your health. Continue reading for possible side effects to unhealthy sleeping patterns.
- Dry mouth
- Lack of body control
- Cognitive impairment
Prescribed sleeping aids and over the counter pills such as melatonin, come with another set of side effects. Drugs used for insomnia treatment are often associated with suicidal thoughts, increased mania, and other mental health illnesses.
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is treatment using FDA-cleared medical devices for insomnia treatment and other uses. CES is a non-invasive brain stimulation that applies a small pulsed electric current across a person’s head. This small electrical pulse stimulates endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine neurotransmitter production.
There are electrochemical impulses in the brain that regulate whether we are asleep or awake. Such waves are modulated and put back into balance by our insomnia therapy. You have relief from insomnia. The technology helps you to prevent or reduce the need for medicine to sleep. But if appropriate, it is safe to use with medications or over-the-counter drugs. Treatment can be performed at home or work and takes just 20 minutes to an hour a day. With time, procedures can be reduced to every other day, then 2-3 days a week.