INSOMNIA is a medical word referring to “sleep disorder” expressing difficulty falling asleep, getting up too early and struggling to sleep again, or having a hard time to stay asleep.

Causes of insomnia:

  • Nicotine (found in cigarettes)
  • Caffeine(found in coffee, tea & energy drinks)
  • Jet lag/work schedule
  • Too hot/cold room
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Medical conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stress, anxiety, depression, and Thyroid disorders
  • Some medications as Corticosteroids Blood pressure medications, and Cholesterol medications.

How can you manage it?

  • Set up a regular bedtime & waking time
  • Make sure your bedroom, pillows, and mattress are comfortable for sleep
  • Exercise during the day but at least 5 hours before sleep
  • Avoid eating large meals at least 3 hours before sleep
  • Avoid/limit caffeine and nicotine consumption.
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Medications/Therapy aiming the process: Panadol night (as it contains the antihistamine such as diphenhydramine), Melatonin tablets (which is a hormone produced by our brains at night), Lavender oil drops to be sprinkled on your pillow for relaxation.