Insomnia is not a disease but it creates fatigue and can lead to many other diseases if it is not cured and becomes chronic. In an interview on the show “Rreze Dielli” on Report TV, the popular doctor Ylli Merja talked about insomnia. How do you know if you suffer from chronic insomnia?
Insomnia of the first degree:
- When you lie down to sleep and it takes you from 1-2 o’clock after midnight
Insomnia of the second degree:
- You lie down to sleep from 10-11 in the evening and you fall asleep at 1-2 in the middle of the night until 4-5 in the morning, you remain sleepless and then you go back to sleep again.
Insomnia of the third degree:
-You wake up around 2-3 in the morning and then you can’t sleep anymore
While explaining what are the triggers that can lead you to insomnia:
- Primary insomnia
Life changes, shift work
Emotional and stressful state
Travels to different countries of the world
- Secondary insomnia
- Health conditions associated with pain in the body (rheumatic pain, stomach, colitis)
-Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression
-Using different medicines
- Conditions of hormonal changes such as menopause, heart attack, hyperthyroidism
The popular doctor Ylli Merja suggested some herbal teas that help people suffering from insomnia.
“The best of the plants that seems to take you into that world of its own is lavender. A lavender tea at dinner half an hour before bed, an hour before bed would be a wonderful refreshing medicine. Chamomile tea is also a very good sedative, especially for diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract. Take a tablespoon of chamomile tea and add it to 200 ml of water, it would be great if we also use milk at dinner,” he said, while adding in the wide range of plants that help with insomnia such as bee grass, sage, laurel, valerian, etc.
He also suggested following sleep therapy according to these points:
Relax the muscles with breathing exercises (breathe deeply and exhale little by little 4-5 times)
Stay relaxed on the bed and count 10, 9, 8, 7… 4-5 times.
Avoid products that make sleep difficult such as coffee, energy drinks, alcohol
Do not eat dinner before going to bed
Create a regular sleep schedule
While he emphasized that our body can suffer from the most different diseases from insomnia. Among the main ones are the liver and the large intestine. It can also become a precursor to anxiety, stress, Alzheimer’s.