Insomnia affects more than 30% of the population in the U.S. and more than half of Americans complain about not getting enough sleep. In most cases, people turn to pharmaceuticals to help them, which contributes to the immense increase in the sales of sleeping pills.
However, these medications have been found to do more harm than good in the long run. Researchers have found that their use can cause the following side-effects:
- Difficulty keeping balance
- Burning or tingling in limbs
- A headache
- Stomach pain and tenderness
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Mental slowing/problems with attention and memory
- Unusual dreams
- Changes in appetite
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth and throat
- Impairment the next day
Insomnia is the inability to sleep due to various factors, like waking up too early, frequently waking up during the night, or facing difficulties to fall asleep. It can be a result of biological, psychological or social factors. It is different than sleep deprivation, as it is considered to be caused by internal factors only, not things like loud noises, for instance.
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