• Ignore insomnia at your peril: Side effects & consequences

    on Sep 8th, 2016

ignore_insomnia_at_your_peril the dangers of sleepless nights

Not getting enough sleep can make anybody miserable, even if it's only one night, now and again.

For some, though, insomnia is a frequent and ongoing reality. The challenge for them is in finding solutions that work.

After all, treating insomnia doesn't only improve sleep health, it prevents a host of other mental and physical problems that can be very difficult to treat, worsen quality of life, and even cut your life short.

Simply put, the consequences of not sleeping are serious enough that you should not ignore them. 

 

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Differentiating insomnia from other kinds of sleep disorders

Before you can be certain your problem is insomnia, you need to make sure you aren't confusing the side effects of insomnia with other kinds of sleep issues that have the same symptoms of insomnia.

Three major sleep problems that may deliver insomnia symptoms include:

If you can rule out these concerns, then your next questions should be, "What is insomnia?" and "What kind of insomnia do I have?" The types of insomnia include:

With the first two forms of insomnia, you should expect a short-lived problem which may not require anything more than time to fix. However, chronic insomnia is the kind of severe insomnia you should be wary of, because it leads to dangerous side effects and consequences that are much more difficult to address.

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What are the main side effects of untreated chronic insomnia?

Would you recognize the signs of insomnia? Side effects and symptoms of long-lasting and chronic insomnia include the following:

What are the consequences of ignoring chronic insomnia?

If you ignore severe, perpetual insomnia, you are going to have to face these complications and consequences, sooner or later: 

What are you waiting for?

If you're avoiding a discussion about ongoing sleeplessness, it may be due to concerns about what it might take to treat your insomnia. Do you recognize yourself among these insomnia sufferers?

Some insomniacs have a negative view of sleep aids or are already 
dealing with substance abuse issues.

Other insomniacs may be uncertain of the effectiveness of other 
therapies 
that could help them sleep better.

For many chronic insomniacs, there is a shared sense of having 
already done everything possible 
to no avail. 

You don't have to struggle and fall into hopelessness as a result of chronic insomnia. Suffering from any of the kinds of insomnia discussed here is reason enough to seek help.

Treatments today are far more effective and less risky than they were in the past, and sometimes they have the added benefit of providing relief not only for sleep deficit but for some coexisting health problems. 

If you encounter long-lasting sleeplessness that occurs at least 3 times a month and you've had this ongoing pattern for more than 3 months, do yourself a favor: talk to your primary care physician or sleep specialist to see what your options are.

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You might be surprised at what you haven't already tried and what doctors are now doing, successfully, to help people address chronic insomnia.

And let's face it, the side effects and consequences of insomnia, when left untreated, make for some compelling motivation to get help. 

Adequate quality sleep is as key to your overall health and well being as exercise and diet. Don't hesitate to make it a critical priority in your own self care practice.


Sources:

American Academy of Family Physicians 
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Wellness
Mayo Clinic
National Academies Press: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem
National Sleep Foundation
SLEEP
Sleep Medicine Reviews
Sleep Review

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