Sleep is crucial for intellectual and rational functioning, sleep deprivation can cause significant deterioration in a persons cognitive ability and general well being.
Chronic problems with sleep create all manner of problems in peoples lives.
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Ups and downs with moods and behaviours
- An inability to concentrate and focus attention which can make all but simple daily tasks nearly impossible to do.
- Weight gain relating to appetite problems
- Hormonal imbalance also playing its part in the general decline of a persons health.
Insomnia left unattended can devastate a persons life, their work performance fails, the ability to operate machinery and drive a car becoming hazardous and potentially dangerous to oneself and others. Ongoing insomnia untreated creating the potential for the failing of ones health potentially developing symptoms of depression, confusion, and a difficult and compelling feeling to sleep at inappropriate times.
Other conditions relating to chronic sleep deprivation being.
Sleeping pills can be used to help with the condition though pose a number of other problems in themselves. Long term use potentially creating dependancy, pills affecting the symptoms though not really addressing the cause of the problem. Alcohol becoming another persons friend creating another range of personal problems. There are also a range of natural products in the market that may offer some assistance to some people though not always affective for all. Products such as Melatonin, valerian, nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics, barbiturates and antidepressants.
Understanding where your insomnia comes from can be a journey in itself. Posiible causes being:
- Some medications cause insomnia
- Insomnia due to aging
- Teenage insomnia
- Psychological conditions
- Anxiety and depression.
There can be external influences such as jet lag for the frequent traveller, body clock disorder relating to shift work and also an influence from other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and delayed sleep phase syndrome. Sleep apnoea can also play a great part in the development of insomnia. To effectively work out the source of a persons insomnia you need to do a thorough investigation into lifestyle, life routines and other associated environmental conditions and personal habits.
Health retreats can assist people with sleep disorders as part of their overall treatment plan. Relaxation being a necessary part of a persons road to recovery. You can learn relaxation techniques, or just break the habit of your daily routine by making the focus of being at a retreat relaxation. Learning breathing exercises, getting massages and relaxing body treatments all contributing to better health. Guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation exercises helping also. The release of emotional pressures and a good chat to a stranger or counsellor offering opportunites to release deep feelings associated with insomnia. CBT or congnitive behavioural therapy has shown itself to be somewhat affective in helping with the symptoms of insomnia as well. A retreat experience offering a healthier and nutritious diet, opportunities to swim and exercise, write in your journal, meditate, do yoga or tai chi and a range of other relaxing activities. There is no doubt that a health retreat experience can go a long way in helping a person overcome the struggles they are having with insomnia.