Mental Health
What is Insomnia?According to the American Sleep Association, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting 30% of adults with short-term occurrences and 10% of Americans suffering from chronic insomnia. Insomnia can be defined as a sleeping condition where the body finds it hard to fall asleep or remain asleep. Researchers have identified that insomnia occurs as a result of the brain that sends signals to keep the body awake and continue to send these signals to the body, hindering the brain from sending signals that trigger the body to fall asleep, thus keeping people awake at night. Even though people experiencing insomnia may feel tired, these brain signals keep them awake. The average adult needs between 7- hours of sleep each night for their body to function normally. People you are living with insomnia get a significantly less amount of sleep, which affects their health and day to day lives. Effects Some of the ways that insomnia negatively affects your health and lives include: Productivity and Professional Performance Have you ever had a bad night’s sleep and felt like you couldn’t even think straight or felt that you couldn’t function? This is a direct result of your brain being overworked and was not given adequate time to rest and recuperate. We can all relate to how reduced our basic functioning is with a terrible night’s sleep, however, can you imagine the how your brain responds to a week of insomnia or even consecutive months of insomnia. Your brain memory function is drastically reduced. A research study published by the Sleep Research society researched the vast ways in which people who live with insomnia are affected. The methodology of this research included gathering data through interviews, surveys, questionnaires, and samples from 48 participants. According to the research, people living with insomnia have significantly reduced hours of productivity with people who are diagnosed with insomnia syndrome losing approximately 27.6 days’ worth of productivity, people with insomnia symptoms losing 6.2 days’ worth of productivity and good sleepers only losing 2.8.  The study also linked the productivity levels to the work field in regard to how much money people lost when they weren’t productive. The study reported that people with insomnia syndrome lost an average of $1,676 and people with insomnia symptoms lost $601. Insomnia affects the economic circumstances of a person, which can hinder the quality of life they may hope to have. Mood It is quite obvious that having a poor night’s sleep can affect your mood however in a study published by the Journal of Internal Medicine; the researchers searched to find the meaning behind this mood by looking at the metabolic rate of the participants affect a night of poor sleep. The study, in addition to other studies conducted prior, shows that sleep has a great effect on mood and personality changes and this could be as a result of a lack of EEG sleep.