Not being able to sleep does not mean insomnia! 6 truths about insomnia

One third of a person’s life is spent in sleep. Sleep is such an important thing, but many people can’t enjoy it. Sleepless at night, groggy during the day… Insomnia not only affects work and life, but may also damage your health. If you want to “conquer” insomnia, first understand the 6 truths about insomnia. Must sleep 8 hours? It varies from person to person. Some people will use 8 hours as a standard sleep duration to measure whether they have “enough sleep”, but it is not necessary. At different stages of life, the need for sleep time is not static. Newborn babies need about 17 hours of sleep a day. Older children need about 9-10 hours. For most adults, it takes about 8 hours. As for the elderly, it may only need 5 hours or even less. In addition, there are inherent differences in sleep requirements between people. There is a special category of people called “sleepless elites.” Their need for sleep is very small, only three or four hours a day is enough, and it does not affect their work and life during the day. It can be said that they are “naturally gifted.” Can’t sleep mean insomnia? Not necessarily. Many people love to play with their mobile phones before going to bed and browse their circle of friends. Brushing and brushing, brushing into the middle of the night. At this time, someone will always update a state handily and write: Hey, I have insomnia again… My friend, you keep your brain in a state of excitement, and your body is not ready to fall asleep. How could you fall asleep? A situation like this “can’t sleep” is actually not called insomnia. Some people think that they have insomnia if they fail to “fall asleep as soon as they touch the pillow,” which is also incorrect. Misjudgment of insomnia will make you more and more anxious, making it harder to fall asleep. In any case, as long as you adjust to a calm state and fall asleep within half an hour, it is generally normal. Waking up early is also a sign of insomnia? Yes. In our cognition, we usually associate insomnia with “not falling asleep,” while ignoring insomnia and other manifestations. In fact, insomnia mainly has the following 4 types of manifestations: The first type: difficulty falling asleep. It is manifested in the desire to fall asleep, but still cannot fall asleep for more than 30 minutes. The second category: difficulty maintaining sleep. It is easy to wake up after falling asleep, and it takes a long time to wake up. The third category: wake up early. Refers to waking up earlier than expected and sleeping time is obviously shorter than usual. The fourth category: poor sleep quality. It is manifested in the inability to regain energy and feeling tired after waking up. Therefore, even if a person can fall asleep smoothly, he may be an insomniac. Drinking alcohol before going to bed helps sleep? Don’t make trouble, don’t believe it, don’t drink. On the surface, drinking a little alcohol may make people fall asleep faster, but this does not fundamentally improve the quality of sleep. With the metabolism of alcohol, it will gradually destroy sleep, making it easy to wake up in the middle. Therefore, drinking alcohol does not “help sleep.” What’s more, drinking is already harmful, so drink less! Can I go directly to the pharmacy to buy sleeping pills to eat? Sleeping pills cannot be bought casually. Sleeping pills in pharmacies are usually over-the-counter medicines (the OTC logo is on the medicine packaging box) and can be bought without a doctor’s prescription. Many over-the-counter sleeping pills contain antihistamines, which can cause side effects such as dry mouth, dry eyes, and drowsiness the next day, and should not be taken without authorization. The elderly are particularly sensitive to the side effects of antihistamines and should be used with caution. If you really need to take sleeping pills, you should seek medical advice. Moreover, sleeping pills are divided into different types. For different types of insomnia and different people, the suitable sleeping pills are different. Tips to help sleep Pay attention to some small details in life, which can help us improve the quality of sleep. First of all, we need to create a comfortable sleeping environment. For example, the curtains in the room should have better shading properties, so as not to affect the morning sleep (light). In a hot day, the air conditioner must be turned on (temperature). Secondly, during the day, the nap time should not be too long, just take a nap. It is best to do some moderate exercise. At night, do not eat too much before going to bed, and do not take in coffee, tea, cigarettes and other irritating foods that may affect sleep. You can also try to find a way that suits you and can help you fall asleep, such as taking a hot bath, listening to light music, and so on. If none of the above measures can relieve your insomnia symptoms, you may need to resort to other methods for treatment. For example: adjust mentality (self-adjustment