Merriam-Webster defines the word “insomnia” as “prolonged and usually abnormal inability to get enough sleep”. This means a person who does not regularly get enough sleep could be classified as an insomniac. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control suggests that some who believe that are insomniacs might have “chronic psychophysiological insomnia”? In layman’s terms, these people are those who are so worried about not getting sleep that they cause themselves to not sleep well. Could your worrying about not sleeping well be causing you to not sleep?
Am I An Insomniac?
How do you know if you are experiencing insomnia?
Maybe other factors are attributing to poor sleep. The first thing you can do is track, track, track. Keep a sleep journal noting when you go to bed, when you wake up, and how you feel your quality of sleep was. You might want to consider using a sleep tracking device to help you with your tracking. Though sleep trackers aren’t proven to be perfectly accurate, they can surely help you track your sleep.
Trackers are especially helpful for those instances during the night when you wake as you don’t need to remember to write them down. Also, track the foods you eat and the activities you do during the day as these might be factors affecting your sleep. After you track your sleep, your diet, and your activities, try to alter the behaviors that you believe might be affecting your sleep. If you don’t notice any improvement in your sleep after making changes, you should consider having a conversation with your primary medical doctor. Your doctor might have insight as to ways to help you sleep better, and they will best know if prescription sleep medication might be the best option for you.
Do you think you are an insomniac? Have you tried altering your sleep? What have you done to make your sleep better?