Psychotic or Sleepy?

by Rpien2 on November 4, 2013 - 11:05pm

 

        In the United States of America, one problem citizens seem to struggle with is the opportunity to relax. Relaxation and sleep are very important to reenergize the mind, body and spirit. There are millions of people in America who not only struggle with sleeping, but classify themselves as having insomnia.  Insomnia can be classified as a long-lasting conflict including lack of sleep, the inability to fall asleep, or to stay asleep. The ICSD-2 classified insomnia into twelve separate disorders, in which have to meet a laundry list of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include difficulty maintaining sleep, trouble falling asleep, drowsiness and mood swings. Studies show that 40-60% of Americans with insomnia also obtain mood or anxiety disorders. Based on observational studies, doctors tend not to diagnose patients as suffering from insomnia due to high medical costs. The main problem however is the fact that insomnia is more commonly known as a secondary symptom to another medical diagnosis. Needless to say, insomnia is heavily undiagnosed. Since doctors are not diagnosing insomnia, Americans are not obtaining treatment to help them sleep, while doctors are searching for a “greater problem”. Lack of sleep has the ability to have harmful effects on the mind and body. Insomnia is comorbid involving a list of psychiatric effects. A study in 2010 was conducted demonstrating the effects of sleep deprivation. The conclusion of the study mentioned that sleep deprivation included or will lead to emotional unsteadiness, frustration, anxiety, depression and the most obvious: exhaustion. Doctors note that insomnia can also lead to organic illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, asthma and Parkinson’s disease. Doctors know the effects, but leave Americans struggling with the symptoms. Americans are taking this upon themselves to self-treat with behavioral therapy, over the counter drugs along with herbal or dietary supplements for relief. To aid in insomnia, companies have launched “Sleep America” to provide guidance to those who suffer. Americans are taking it upon themselves to help struggling Americans, but what about the doctors?

            Using the documented citizens who suffer from sleep disorders, insomnia is classified as the most prominent sleeping condition. Over half of the individuals who suffer from insomnia also suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression in which can lead to a number of life threatening diseases. The main point of view presented from Kraus and Rabin includes the lack of medical aid on the disorder of insomnia. It is severely over looked and underplayed, when in reality can result in other health risks. Multiple studies were conducted within the article, however the main being the mood disorders associated with the sleep disorder. Psychiatrists commonly are addressed the case of insomnia and will inform patients about behavioral therapy and natural remedies, but most importantly establishing effort and time to regulate a sleep pattern. Without proper sleep, it makes it difficult for adults to go to work, work efficiently and raise a family. For those without a family and without a job, it is also very hard to maintain certain aspects of everyday life. It is even worse with younger ages as well, especially college students. The amount of work and preparation for the future is prominent, and a proper sleep schedule to reenergize the mind is extremely important. 

 

Source:  Kraus, S. and Rabin L. (2012). Sleep America: Managing a Crisis of Adult Chronic Insomnia and Associated Conditions. Journal of Affective Disorders. 138 (3). 192-212

Comments

I agree that sleep is vital to the body to function correctly, sleep for me at least makes the biggest difference with focusing, my mood, my health, and my ability to retain information. I did not know that doctors would try not to diagnose a patient with insomnia due to costs of medical care. I feel like that so many people have insomnia but aren’t properly diagnosed even if it is a mild case. I was surprised to read in your article that doctors will push insomnia aside to look for a bigger problem or the true cause, I think that insomnia is just as big of a deal as any other illness. I was surprised to learn that insomnia can cause PTSD, I did not know that, it is frustrating that doctors can push aside the diagnoses of insomnia when the illness can cause so much damage and lead to other illnesses. It just blows my mind how doctors don’t stress insomnia as seriously as they should. There are so many effects from insomnia I learned from your article that could be helped if doctors didn’t ignore insomnia. I am curious as to what the patients with insomnia can do to help their illness, like you said natural remedies, I am curious as to what those remedies are. I really like your article; I thought it was very informative and interesting.

I agree that sleep is vital to the body to function correctly, sleep for me at least makes the biggest difference with focusing, my mood, my health, and my ability to retain information. I did not know that doctors would try not to diagnose a patient with insomnia due to costs of medical care. I feel like that so many people have insomnia but aren’t properly diagnosed even if it is a mild case. I was surprised to read in your article that doctors will push insomnia aside to look for a bigger problem or the true cause, I think that insomnia is just as big of a deal as any other illness. I was surprised to learn that insomnia can cause PTSD, I did not know that, it is frustrating that doctors can push aside the diagnoses of insomnia when the illness can cause so much damage and lead to other illnesses. It just blows my mind how doctors don’t stress insomnia as seriously as they should. There are so many effects from insomnia I learned from your article that could be helped if doctors didn’t ignore insomnia. I am curious as to what the patients with insomnia can do to help their illness, like you said natural remedies, I am curious as to what those remedies are. I really like your article; I thought it was very informative and interesting.

This article was very informative on insomnia and the effects it can have on one's mental and physical health. Growing up, my mom always "nagged" me about getting at LEAST eight hours of sleep a night. I never really saw the importance in her wise words until now. When I was younger I had so much more time to sleep and relax. Now, in college, I constantly look forward to sleep, but unfortunatly find that I do not have as much time for it as I would like. When i was younger as soon as my head hit the pillow I was asleep. I noticed as the older I got that changed. I think this is because when adults try to sleep now, the second their head hits the pillow, they automatically start thinking about everything they have to do the next day, an assignment they forgot to complete, etc. Anxiety and stress can lead to insomnia and sleep deprivation and the more sleep we loose the worse the conditions can become. It frustrates me that doctors do not diagnose insomnia and that people are self-diagnosing. Self-diagnosis is not always a good thing and can even make conditions worse. We pay a lot for health care, so it is not right that doctors are not taking this illness as serious as they should. Lack of sleep can not only lead to anxiety and stress, but it can have also have more severe effects that need to be taken seriously.

As a student athlete I know the importance of getting enough sleep. When someone sleeps it allows their body a chance to restore itself. If they do not get enough sleep the body is going to feel like it was used as a punching bag for a pro fighter. People who don't take the time to sleep are really missing out. I know that I personally enjoy sleeping, but I find it hard to get there. I read somewhere that oversleeping can also be harmful, I am not sure if it is true, but it may be something to look into. I wonder if there is a reason that insomnia is a reluctant diagnosis? Could it be because it could prove that climbing the social and corporate ladders are more costly than originally perceived? Also, I wonder why people that know the risks are so willing to give up their sleep and rely on energy supplements/drinks and if these could be adding to the mental health risks.

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