Putting the Insomniac to Sleep

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We all need sleep to survive. We sleep to rest our weary bodies after a physical day of labor. We sleep to recover from a mentally challenged day. We sleep because it is necessary for our survival as human beings. Growing up I have always heard that we all need at least 8 hours of sleep to function properly the following morning. However, it has been researched that if your normal sleep habit falls between 5 to 7 and you wake refreshed and rested the following morning, this is perfectly fine. Normally we spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping. That’s a lot of sleep, but without sleep there would be no survival. Although this may be true for most, it is but a well wished fantasy for the insomniac. A person who suffers from insomnia may appreciate getting 3 uninterrupted hours of sleep on any given day (admin, 2011). Insomnia is defined as someone who has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at nights. There are two types of insomnia: Primary and Secondary insomnia and their potential causes.
• Primary insomnia: Primary insomnia is basically having difficulty sleeping, but is not directly associated with any health related concerns.
• Secondary insomnia: Secondary insomnia is when a person has difficulty sleeping brought on by something else, such as health problems (like depression, stress, asthma, cancer, arthritis or heartburn); medications taking (such as depression medication, pain medication, or high blood pressure medication); or substances being used
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