Insomnia is a serious sleep disorder that affects around 40 percent of adults worldwide. Studies conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services have revealed that more than 60 million US citizens suffer from sleeping disorders. According to psychiatryonline.org, women are more prone to sleep disorders than men, possibly due to many psychological and physiological reasons.
Chronic insomnia can affect individuals for a prolonged period and cause fatigue, both mental and muscular, abnormal alertness, and hallucinations. There are several causes, including:
- Stress or anxiety, particularly financial stress and work pressure.
- Hormone shifts during menopause or before menstruation.
- Overdependence on psychoactive drugs and stimulants such as amphetamines, methylphenidate, caffeine, and certain herbs and medications.
- Certain psychological causes such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
There are several prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for treating insomnia, but this can cause side effects such as abnormal sleep patterns, extreme drowsiness and allergic reactions. Use of conventional medications can be very dangerous. However, there are other alternative treatment options, including herbal remedies and homeopathy for curing insomnia. Alternative forms of treatment for sleep disorders have achieved some success. Natural approaches such as behavioral therapies can be a perfect therapy to treat insomnia.
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