Do you have higher risk of insomnia
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Whoís most prone to insomnia?
Itís not uncommon for most of us to have trouble sleeping at some point. But certain groups of people are at a higher risk for insomnia than others. Find out what puts you at risk, what the consequences of excessive fatigue are and how to get treated.
- About 40-60 percent of seniors (age 60 and up) have insomnia due to inactivity, medical problems and prescription drugs.
- From age 16 to 50, men lose about 8 percent of their deep-sleep cycles.
- Women are twice as likely as men to have insomnia, which can be caused by hormone fluctuation due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
- About 51 percent of people who are anxious have insomnia. More than 8 out of 10 insomniacs have an underlying issue causing their insomnia.
- About 90 percent of people who are depressed have insomnia.
- About 56 percent of people who are employed experience at least one symptom of insomnia a few times each week.
- About 30-40 percent of children donít get enough sleep. In teenagers, later bedtimes, busy schedules and poor diet increase the likelihood of insomnia.
We sleep 20 percent less than we did a century ago. More than 70 million Americans have sleep disorders and 60 percent of these people have a chronic disorder. A quarter of Americans donít get enough sleep to be fully alert.
Consequences of insomnia:
- Health: Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, compromised reaction time, anxiety, irritability and depression are all consequences of poor sleep. About 27 percent of people with sleep disorders gain a lot of weight.
- Vehicular: About 60 percent of people have driven while tired in the last year, while 37 percent (more than one third) have fallen asleep at the wheel.
- Exhaustion is the number one reason couples avoid or delay sex. About 10 million Americans use prescription sleep medication.
Treatment: Some lifestyle changes may help people with insomnia.
- Morning exercise
- Limiting caffeine intake
- Avoiding alcohol before sleeping
- Reducing distractions before sleeping