Insomnia prompts depression, weight gain & impacts on sex life.
Insomnia affects up to 40 percent of South Africans, contributing to depression, weight gain and negatively impacting on some couples’ sex lives.
The SA Society of Sleep medicine (SASSM) says between 30 and 40% of adults indicate some level of insomnia within any given year, while 10 to 15 percent say their insomnia is chronic.
The SASSM says insomnia increases with age, is more common in women, and is categorized as follows:
Research in the US found that the most common reason for avoiding sex was “too tired” or “need sleep”. “Worrying about not being able to fall asleep may make sex seem unappealing (and) addressing insomnia is one obvious (solution),” said a study by the Consumer Reports National Research Centre.
According to SA medical doctor and homeopath, Dr Erika Coertzen, anxiety is a major cause of insomnia which in turn may lead to depression. “Anxiety and insomnia affects all ages and twice as many women as men,” she says.
Coertzen says remedies for anxiety and insomnia include prescription drugs -- many of which have adverse side effects -- or over the counter and homeopathic remedies such as Sedatif PC®, the documented ingredients of which may assist by providing symptomatic relief of stress disorders, restlessness and mood swings. Coertzen says those with insomnia should consult a medical professional and consider the following tips:
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