The first thing I learned that is the number one complaint followed by pain and headaches. Does your doctor ask you how you are sleeping at night and are you giving him what he needs to hear or what you really are experiencing? I find many people are taking over the counter medications including melatonin and many of the PM medications which is just benadryl added to what ever the medication is. You can buy Benadryl over the counter and not need the other medication so something to think about. Many who take medications for sleep find that over time they quit working for you and also that you may need higher doses. Some of the medications can give you a kind of hangover type feeling but you will sleep or some type of sleep.
There are various stages of sleep which we have all heard about and you normally get your most restful sleep the first half of the night. Now here is an eye opener- it is common to wake up as many as 6 times or more a night but most of us go back to sleep and don't even remember being awake. We do know that deep sleep gives your immune system time to turn on and combat illnesses.
OK, now please pay attention to this: INSOMNIA is not just how long you lie awake at night or the quantity of sleep that matters, you must also perceive detrimental consequences do to lack of sleep such as : irritability,fatigue,drowsiness, and impaired performance. Insomnia is seen more often in women and elderly.
Sleep changes as we age. Do you remember when your teenagers could sleep 12-14 hours? Do you also remember grandma falling asleep in her chair in the afternoon and yet staying up late to watch tv and still get up early in the morning:? These are all normal attributes of sleep. Quality of sleep declines in middle age and we wake up more frequently and for longer periods of time.
Now that is a real quick beginning and I hope you learned something that is useful to you and maybe it is just knowing you are not alone. I will continue with sleep inf