Annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, held on June 7, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas, where presented with a research brief associating chronic insomnia with increased risks for death.
The findings of the research showed the hazard ratio for all cause mortality was three times higher in person who had chronic insomnia than those who did not suffer from it. When investigating singular subtypes of insomnia, the chances of death was heightened, it did not matter what type of insomnia a person had. The chance of death in the four types were two to three times higher in persons with:
chronic-awakening insomnia three times higher, maintenance insomnia (having difficulty going back to sleep) was three times higher, chronic sleep-onset insomnia 2.4 times higher and chronic sleep maintenance insomnia – those that frequently wake up during night was 2.3 times higher.
Lead researcher Laura Finn, biostatistician of the University of Wisconsin Madison had stated about the study was the most astounding outcome was the heightened immense risk for mortality of persons with chronic insomnia as opposed to those who did not have it. The other crucial result was no distinction in types of insomnia made a difference to mortality rate.
Participants of this study totaled to 2,242 persons in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study that filled out two or three surveys for the years 1989, 1994 and 2000. These surveys were mailed out to the participants. Recognized persons of insomnia were those who had reported of having insomnia symptoms on a minimum of two out of three surveys sent. The May 2010, social security death index search concluded that 128 participants had died during the follow up period of up to 19 years. Calculated mortality hazard ratios were modified for body mass index, age and sex. Along with those that reported medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke and hypertension.
Ms. Finn had concluded by stating the findings affirm a need for physicians to furnish adequate treatments for insomnia even with those that have health problems. Insomnia is a disturbing symptom and has reverse repercussions on the value of sleep that could have persons seeking out treatments. Identifying insomnia as a mortality risk factor could provide clinical ramifications and increase the preference level for insomnia.
Estimates show that 32 million persons in the United States suffer from some type of insomnia. Insomnia is divided into three particular types of insomnia those being:
Transient in which a person has insomnia for a few days up to a few weeks.
Acute where a person has insomnia from a range of three weeks to six months.
Chronic which is the most serious form. A person suffers from lack of sleep for almost each and every night for a month long.
Finding the reason behind the insomnia is essential in order to have the condition treated. Considering the great array of reasons for insomnia it can be difficult to determine the cause. Such variables include physical disabilities, lifestyle choices and emotional issues.
Instead of taking sleep aides which can give you the rest you need but also can cause new problems for your health such as becoming dependent on them, developing a tolerance to the drug that you need more and more for them to be effective and even withdrawals.
Sleeping aides such as Tylenol PM and Benadryl can cause dry mouth, dizziness, extended drowsiness where to lingers on till next day and memory issues. Unisom gives extended drowsiness and can not be taken if pregnant or nursing or have asthma, bronchitis, glaucoma, peptic ulcer and have a large prostate.
There are alternative therapies which can help your insomnia. Some of the therapies that can be tried are:
Clinical trails have just started on the use of acupuncture for insomnia. So far results have shown improved sleep for person who suffer insomnia. Research is still on going.
Meditation is a good aide for insomnia. The draw back is it will take several weeks for someone to fully learn how to use meditation techniques to help their insomnia.
Since our nervous system is in charge of our body functions any interruption in our nerves rely to our body and its tissues causing our bodies to function differently. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal functioning. Many patients report better sleep after an adjustment from their chiropractor.
Camomile tea which has been used for decades. Just have a cup whenever you can not sleep. It works best if you take it 45 minutes before bedtime.
Purchase either vanilla or almond essential oils. Simply add a few drops to your bath water and soak.
You can also add it to warm water and pour over head. It will relax your body and make you sleepy.