Difficult to sleep – Insomnia

Difficulty sleeping problems often occur among individuals. The disease is called insomnia. Insomnia is the inability to sleep, or the inability to get enough sleep.

Hours of sleep needed by a dependent on age. Babies and children need time to sleep longer than older people. Number of bedrooms needed by the elderly is about 4-5 hours compared with younger people who need 8 hours.

The following are symptoms of insomnia

1. Difficulty sleeping.
2. Sleep is often disturbed
3. Frequent waking at night.
4. Wake up early and sleep difficulties.
5. Being tired, sleepy and irritable during the day.


1. Stress and anxiety
2. Inconvenience does not match the surrounding environment to sleep – for example, noisy, dirty, cold or hot.
3. The new environment – e.g. Moving to a new home.
4. Nocturia (urination at night) – usually found in the elderly caused by diseases such as prostate disease or weakness of the muscles of the bladder.
5. Pain in certain diseases.
6. Triggered by drugs, eg alcohol will soon lead to a short sleep, but insomnia is back.
7. Cessation of intake of certain drugs, such as the hypnotic agent.

What can be done by you

1. Make a more comfortable sleeping environment.
2. Provide a specific time for sleep.
3. Avoid too many exciting things before bed.

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4. Avoid sleeping on the brief day.
5. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before bedtime. Take a milky drink.
6. Exercise regularly during the day, 3-5 times a week, but avoid exercise before going to bed.
7. If you have not slept in 20 minutes, get up from your bed and sit in another room until you feel sleepy.
8. Read  book.
9. Listen to soft music.
10.Runding with your doctor if the problem persists for many days or interfere with your daily activities.
11. Take the medicine as hypnotic agents for insomnia only when prescribed by a doctor.

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