2. Women and Stroke
3. Women and Anemia
4. Women and Osteroporosis
5. Women and Insomnia
6. Women and Anxiety
7. Women and Depression
Your Insomnia Cure
Insomnia Buster Do You Enjoy Sleep Every Night?
Special Guide To Natural Sleep Remedies For Insomniacs
Insomnia is a sign and symptom of sleep disorder and defined as a condition in which a person has a difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality that can lead to substantial impairments in the quality of life and functional capacity of an individual. Most adults have experienced insomnia sometimes in their life. According to statistic, more than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia, one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime and women suffer from insomnia more often than men.
Types of insomnia
1. Transient insomnia
The symptom is last less than a week, as a result from sleep environment changes, timing of sleep or caused by depression, stress or other factors.
2. Acute insomnia
Acute insomnia, a more common type of insomnia, is defined as a condition of difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep for a period of less than three months, one is acute insomnia.
3. Chronic insomnia
The symptom is last more than 3 months and can be caused by another disorder, such as emotional or psychological basis.
Diagnosis and tests
The purpose of the insomnia diagnosis is to determine the causes ( psychology , medicine, etc) of the diseases to provide a best possible treatment to the patient. In general, after recording the family history and a physical and mental exams
1. obstructive sleep apnea
The test is to determine the periodic reduction in or a complete stop of breathing during sleep. It can be performed in the doctor office or at the hospital.
2. Epworth Sleepiness Scale
A validated questionnaire to be answered by the patient and can be helpful in
Causes and Ricks factors of insomnia in women
There are many factors that can cause insomnia
1. Hormone change
Hormones produced by glands or organs during menstrual cycle, pregnancy or in the stage of menopause can affect the pattern of sleep.
a. Menstrual cycle
According to an article posted at reader digest version, health- menstrual insomnia by By Ellen Michaud with Julie Bain from Sleep to Be Sexy Smart and Slim showed that Premenstrual insomnia, as doctors call it, seems to be associated with a rapid drop in the hormone progesterone. “Progesterone is a soporific, a sedative-type drug that your body gives you every month when you ovulate,” says Dr. Lee.(researcher) “Then, just before your period, its production either slows to a trickle or falls dramatically.”
According to the article of Menopause And Insomnia -- New Findings Link Estrogen Decline, Sleeplessness And Mineral Deficiency post on medical news today 15 May 2007 - 12:00 showed that women in the pre-menopause and menopause years are more and more finding themselves experiencing symptoms of chronic insomnia,.....Some of the above reactions occur nearly simultaneously whenever the level of estrogen falls. as a result of gradual drop in estrogen but severe drop in progesterone.
The hormonal change during pregnancy may also affect the sleep pattern in some women, causing insomnia. According to a study of 189 women completed the surveys provided by the researchers at Northwestern studying insomnia and pregnancy, researchers found that pregnancy insomnia could also be caused by inadequate nutrient intake, particularly in the later stages as more nutrients are being directed to the developing fetus. For example, blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) become much lower during the third trimester.
DHA is necessary for normal brain function. Low DHA levels have been associated with depression. That could be the connection between increased insomnia during pregnancy. The brain receptors responsible for regulating sleep are the same as those responsible for regulating mood. Both insomnia and pregnancy can affect the mood as a result of the effects of sleep deprivation and hormonal changes.
2. Disorder causes of insomnia
Women who has been affected by anxiety disorders or the delayed sleep phase disorder may experience the symptom of insomnia.
3. Frequent nighttime urination
Frequent nighttime urination can cause sleep disturbance, if the disorder persists for the prolonged period of time can lead to insomnia.
4. Depression and Anxiety
Women who have been affected by depression and anxiety are at high risk of developing insomnia.
Stimulants can cause nervous tension that can lead to insomnia.
6. Mental disorders
Increased risk insomnia for women with mental disorder.
7. Medical conditions
Certain sickness such as hyperthyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis[ can lead to insomnia.
8. Physical exercise
Exercise-induced insomnia ((EII)) is common in athletes. In a study of the epidemiological survey of exercise-induced insomnia in Chinese athletes by Youqi Shi, Zhihong Zhou, Ke Ning, Jianhong LIU, researchers concluded that EII symptoms are generally existed in Chinese athletes. The difficulty-initiating sleep(DIS)are most prevalent (79.5%) among EII. It frequently occurs after intensity exercise and before competition. 95% of EII symptoms belong to temporary psychological and physiological insomnia while 5% of them match the definition of insomnia described by the CCMD-2-R or are so-called obstinate psychological and physiological insomnia.
9. Excessive alcohol intake
Excessive intake of alcohol can interfere with the function of the nervous system in information transmitting information between brain cells and cells in the body, prolonged excessive drinking can cause insomnia.
Smoking is a stimulant which can interfere with the body's ability to fall asleep.
1. Difficulty falling and maintaining asleep
2. Poor quality sleep pattern
3. Difficult staying asleep
4. Poor concentration
5. Difficulty with memory
6. Impaired motor coordination
7. Irritability and impaired social interaction
A. How to avoid
1. Maintain a health diet and lifestyle to prevent the hormonal causes of insomnia.
2. Reduce intake of alcohol
3. Stop smoking
4. Moderate exercise
5. Frequent nighttime urination can be treated
6. A glass of warm milk 15 minutes before going to bed may be helpful.
7. Taking a warm water bath an hour before bedtime can enhance sleep.
8. Reading, meditation can relieve nervous tension and induce sleep.
9. Do not eat a large meal within two hours of bedtime