I have been suffering from a sleeping disorder or more commonly known as insomnia for years now. It influences my life in many ways because ever since I couldn’t have a good sleep, I have lost weight, and I have noticed a significant change in my behavior. I am now irritable and grumpy most of the time. I am annoyed by stupid questions, and I find no interest in shallow matters or things I don’t have business with such as gossips. Well, I hated it before, but now, I have it even more.
While most episodes of insomnia are brief and self-limiting, in some cases insomnia is a sign of of some underlying emotional, social, or medical problem.— Clifford N. Lazarus Ph.D.
What Are The Causes Of Insomnia?
Insomnia Can Be Caused By Medical Health Conditions Such As:
- Acid Reflux
- Chronic Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Sinus Allergies
Insomnia Can Also Be Caused By Mental Health Conditions Such As:
Anxiety And Depression
In contrast, the absence of light signals our bodies to produce melatonin, a hormone that aids in sleep. The contrast between light during the day and darkness in your bedroom at night helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. — Megan MacCutcheon, LPC
These two happen typically in adults because of the constant worries they deal with every day. It is expected you won’t be able to sleep when you have a big day ahead like a wedding perhaps, or when you have a presentation tomorrow which determines your promotion. These situations can cause a sleepless night. However, with anxiety, there is no evident or apparent reason, but a person gets anxious and nervous combined with the physical symptoms, making it more challenging to sleep.
Depression, likewise, affects sleep. It keeps the mind awake being saddened and problematic about past issues, and a person who suffers from insomnia at the same time may find the contrasting desire and disinterest in sleeping. He desires to sleep to make him numb and escape the darkness he is feeling, but at the same time, the disinterest comes from the thought of hopelessness. He might think that no matter what he does, nothing will change.
I am uncertain as to what’s causing my insomnia, but it made me restless for the past two years. It is already noticeable in me physically, emotionally, and mentally. My first instinct was to take some sleeping meds or what’s popularly known as sleeping pills, but then I read somewhere that it is best to seek counseling first before you take in some meds that will supposedly alter the normal function of the body.
I am convinced to go to counseling, and I prefer to seek the help of a therapist who is familiar or someone from my place. I will be attending my first session next week, and I am hopeful that everything will come out to be favorable.
I Expect Counseling Will Help Me:
- Determine the cause of my sleeping disorder and help me deal with it
- Prevent me from taking sleeping pills as I am scared of the side effects
- Help me sleep soundly despite all my worries or teach me not to worry instead
Online counseling is also available for people who are seeking the help of credible and licensed therapists aiding in mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. These both contribute to medical health problems and other disturbances such as insomnia. Check Betterhelp to find out more about how counseling can help you.