Sleep insomnia is a common occurrence in many adults all over the world. In a research carried out in Britain, it was revealed that at least 62% of all adults experience
Truth be told, we all encounter occasional sleeping problems from time to time, which I must say, is quite normal. However, persistent sleeping problems can become detrimental. Worse still, chronic sleeping problems can incur serious health issues. Sleeping problems, initially prevalent in children, has found its roots in adult life. Sleep deprivation affect an adult’s ability to carry out daytime responsibilities and concentration levels. Insomnia affects so many adults, up to about 25% of the global population, leading to poor concentration, daytime drowsiness and fatigue.
Most adults are often content with eight hours of sleep, and those over 60 require only six hours. Insomnia has become notorious even in the elderly, those over 60, covering about 50% of all cases. However, as much as insomnia may be a stumbling block to happiness and peaceful night slumber, utilizing antihistamine-based drugs as medication is highly discouraged. Utilization of this medication often leads to tolerance, dependence, memory loss and addiction. But why do adults/the elderly have trouble sleeping?
• Anxiety and depression- Insomnia is a principal symptom of anxiety and depression in many adult cases.
• Alcoholism- Well, yes, alcohol slows down brain and body activity, and it actually welcomes sleep. However, alcoholics experience fragmented slumbers, and within time, insomnia sets in.
• Health issues- lung or heart-related diseases, cystitis, arthritis, COPD, enlarged prostate and even heartburns rob adults of sleep, especially if pain and discomfort are involved.
• Aging- So much changes when an adult ages, and these transitions may be detrimental to one’s health, incurring sleeping problems.
• Frequent urination- The undying need to urinate frequently at night robs many adults of sleep. This can always be avoided by drinking less fluids 3 to 4 hours prior to bedtime.
• Excitement and exhilaration- This is certainly vital for many adults, but extreme excitement just before bed has a daunting effect on their sleep as it elevates their metabolism.
• Ingesting illicit street drugs- Illicit drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines raise an adult’s metabolism considerably, and getting to sleep can be a nightmare.
• Too much medication- Too much ephedrine, thyroid medicine, theophylline derivatives, phenyl-propanol-amine and other hardcore medicine can result in lack of sleep.
• Frequent daytime naps- Many adults take daytime naps, even when they are not sleepy at all. When the night sets in, these adults have little or no sleep, hence sleeping problems.
• Ingesting stimulants right before bedtime- Many adults are addicted to stimulants like coffee, nicotine, cocoa, which frankly, ruin any chances of them sleeping well.
• Others- Adults with restless leg syndrome and overactive thyroid hardly get any sleep, probably because of the immense discomfort.
These are the principal reasons for lack of sleep in adults, which certainly, can be exceedingly easy to solve. Adults should incorporate good sleeping habits such as averting alcohol, stimulants, illicit drugs and even fluids 3 to 4 hours prior to bedtime. Furthermore, the undesirable practice of taking daytime naps should be eliminated. Adults should allow relaxation to set in not only for better slumbers but for a longer, happier life as well.