Friday, May 16, 2008

it is the in(somnia) thing.



i always tell people that i am suffering from insomnia. when i think again, maybe i am just being a poyo person and saying this without actually checking it out, what is insomnia and what are the essentials of it that i could say i have INSOMNIA.

so here goes:

definition:

Sleeping difficulty, called insomnia, can involve difficulty falling asleep (most of i have this. i'll toss and turn and without realizing it, i am asleep. but when i am too sleepy or tired, baring2 aja sudah lelap) when you first go to bed at night, waking up too early in the morning (i always wakeup at 0450hours without even setting the alarm. i will have to force myself to stay in bed till about 0530hours, the time that i really need to wakeup and get ready to go to hospital), and waking up often during the night (on an average night, i will wakeup instantaneously around 4 times. i can't sleep back, so i go on9 or read something or watch something. i may be well awake for 2 hours and sleep back for another 30mins so that i won't be sleepy in class). (from medlineplus)

Signs and symptoms:


  • Difficulty falling asleep at night (have it)

  • Waking up during the night (have it)

  • Waking up too early (have it)

  • Daytime fatigue or sleepiness (have it. yesterday, the dean was giving us a lecture. i was ok at first and as the class progresses, i was struggling to stay awake. sekali, aku terlentok. my head was hanging above the table. then, after about 5 mins, aku tersedar. and ieewwww... aku drooling dah ni!!! arrrgghhh.... cover cover.... ~~malu~~..... nasib no one saw and nasib juga that drooling sikit aja. heheheheh. yes, i do drool, sometimes)

  • Daytime irritability (only when i see irritating people. in my case, most of the time la...haaiiisshhh)

causes:


  • Stress. (not actually stressed per say. it is just that i think alot. as i said, i speak to myself in my head, not that i am a crack already. then, after i pre-blog things in my head, i put them here. that is how i am. i don't talk much to people around me as i know that once you talk to them, they will talk to others, so why bother right.)

  • Depression. (nope. i am a happy cow)

  • Stimulants. (ermm.... does blogging considered a stimulant? hehehe... the comp is on standby when i am asleep. so, when i wakeup in the mid of nite, i will go on9 and check me blog and surf and window shop.....)

  • Change in your environment or work schedule. (yeah, can't stay stagnant with the same schedule every single day. i travel up and down every other week, hospital postings does not have the same settings all the time, especially the "surprises" that come to me from the doctors there.)

  • Long-term use of sleep medications. (i am taking supplements for this but i do not depend on it. still, i can't be able to get a really good sleep)

  • Behavioral insomnia.

  • Eating too much too late in the evening. (ermm.... no comment hehehehe)

Complications:
Sleep is as important to your health as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Whatever your reason for sleep loss, insomnia can affect you both mentally and physically.


The impact can be cumulative. People with chronic insomnia are more likely than others to develop psychiatric problems, such as depression or an anxiety disorder (thank GOD i don't have these). Additionally, lack of sleep slows your problem-solving skills (ermmm.... slightly) and may make you take unnecessary risks (hell yeah!! i am a RISK taker!!). Long-term sleep deprivation may increase the severity of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes (nope, i am clean).


so, it is not ME, i am suffering from insomnia. it has been 2 years already, i think. but i haven't seek any medical help for this as i am still functioning and it does not disturb my daily activities (or maybe it does? it is giving me that undereye thingy, what you call 'em? oh yeah....BAGS!!! i don't need bags. i travel light. if i were to go on board, they'll prolly charge me extra for those baggies under me eyes.... haaiiisshhhh). i went to sleep at 0300hours yesterday and i woke up at 0450hours. crazy aite? haiishhh don't know la..... ~~help.....



read more at http://www.mayoclinic.com/

3 comments:

Adzrul Ariff said...

No wonder you seem to be online at ungodly hours :)

Heheh. Take care. Sorry to hear about that last post. Macam you asyik kena buli by these big shots.

redSeptember said...

if they were BIG enough, i don't think it takes 2 of them to put me down.
funny part is, i don't feel down, i feel that it is just funny of professional adults to act that way.

i rasa, nnt bila i kena on call 3 days in a row, i boleh tahan kott. hehehe

littlepolaris said...

=D Bila finals... I also insomnia. And the after effect is still insomnia lol. See... 2am I still reading blog n leave u comment! =P