Friday, July 24, 2015

Is Insomnia a Warning Sign?

Anyone who has suffered from insomnia knows just how difficult it can be to live without rest. If you've experienced it for a night or two at a time, chances are you woke up tired and groggy. Perhaps the lack of sleep made you grumpy throughout the day. If you've experienced insomnia for weeks, you know that living without proper rest can seriously affect your ability to think and reason, even perform everyday tasks. And if you've been a victim of insomnia for even longer than that, you know all-too-well that it's incredibly hard-hitting. Because without proper rest, virtually nothing else in life can be done up to par – the body is tired constantly. The  brain simply can't function like it should. 

But is there more to insomnia than just how it affects our sleep? According to ongoing research, it could actually be an early warning sign of certain cognitive conditions, such as depression or stroke – and even venturing into dementia and Alzheimer's. While insomnia has been known to serve as a stand-alone symptom, more and more research suggests that it's actually caused by something more. Not just the body's inability to obtain rest. 

While medical professionals tend to disagree on the matter, there's no doubt that this new information is telling about the brain. Whether such conditions are caused by a lack of sleep, or because similar triggers to depression or Alzheimer's also prevent sleep from taking place.

If you're suffering from insomnia on a frequent basis, it's a good idea to talk with your medical professional about potential causes of your lack of sleep. They can also help you obtain rest – whether you collectively decide on narcotics or natural measures, in order to help regulate your body's sleep patterns. Getting help as soon as possible can also help reduce symptoms from worsening down the line.