Semi-somnia, the Growing Sleep Disorder: Symptoms, Results, and Cures


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Unlike insomnia, those suffering from semi-somnia, do mange to get some sleep, but it is not restful in nature.

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.

Take out time to relax and wind down. The mind needs ‘free time’ too! Pic courtesy:

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.


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