Semi-somnia, the Growing Sleep Disorder: Symptoms, Results, and Cures
According to Yahoo Lifestyle, semi-somnia is described as a chronic over-tiredness caused by hectic lifestyles and being on the go 24/7.
Being technologically wired all the time, is one of the most pressing causes of semi-somnia. How is technology to blame? Because we are constantly accessing information/ sites / or even relaxing by say shopping online via our smart phones, mini-tablets etc, our brains remain in a constant state of arousal. Not enough time is given for the mind to wind down.
Some of the distinctive symptoms of semi-somnai include:
- Regularly waking up feeling unrested
- Finding it hard to fall asleep, because the mind seems to be in a whirl
- Skimping or cutting down on sleep, because you want to do other things at the designated hour
While a lot of sufferers of semi-somnia may not give this too much thought, lack of restful sleep can affect life in more ways than one can imagine. Some of them include:
- Irritability; being low on patience
- Can result in relationship issues with spouse/ partner/ work colleagues. When the mind is not rested, our ability to indulge in wholesome conversations and interactions, are greatly hampered.
- Accidents. As the chances of falling asleep the wheel remain a greater possibility.
- Last but not the least, results in decreased output at work.
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep coach at London’s Capio Nightingale hospital, has coined a term known as ‘fizzy sleep’. Sharing her views with the Dailymail she says,
It’s not a scientific term, but clients say that’s what their head feels like. They are asleep but it’s not restful. It’s a jangly, information-filled sleep where the brain is still highly active. The part of the brain that deals with information processing is relatively small – and it can’t cope with the sheer amount of input it’s getting now.
Here are some simple lifestyle cures one can incorporate to get over semi-somnia:
- Turn all gadgets off at least an hour before you plan to hit the bed. Electronic sundown is what it is referred to, popularly.
- If possible do not read those emails or any communication from people, which may have the potential to stress you, or keep you awake thinking.
- Reduce late night workload.
- When you have some free time, instead of checking your phone for the latest status/ information update on the networking sites like facebook, twitter, etc, just watch the world go by. Sit, and just let your mind wander. May seem a waste of exercise to many, but this ‘free time’ is very essential for the brain to recuperate from all the information overload we subject it to.
- Have a cup of hot chocolate, it works for a lot of people I know
- A cup of warm chamomile tea, is a great way to soothe the nerves.
I have also had days, when restful sleep has eluded me. What do I do then? I switch off all gadgets, make myself a cup of chamomile tea, perch myself comfortably on the sofa, put on some soothing music, or read a book. The key here is allowing the precious ‘wind down’ time to the mind. Do it, and say goodbye to semi-somnia.