Insomnia Research Papers

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Sleep is something all humans need to survive, yet many suffer from the chronic, life altering enemy, insomnia at some point during their life. According to the Sleep Management Institute, (2010) it has been “estimated 30%-50% of the general population is affected by insomnia, and 10% have chronic insomnia.” It is an unfortunate realization that insomnia affects females more frequently than men, and for those 60 years and older, it can pose an even greater danger to health, and rob the enjoyment of life. What can be done to fight this nagging enemy? Is treatment worse than the robber of rest, posing more danger to the elderly than benefit? Can a healthy life style, and alternative treatments, prove to be the no harm solution, and promotion, …show more content…
If the condition last for less than a month it is considered short term and could be stress or medically related, if it last longer than a month it is considered chronic regardless of the cause (NIH Senior Aging, 2012). The condition of insomnia affects both men and women, with the main cause for the elderly, noted in the literature, as being bathroom visits. Many clinical studies have linked the robber of sleep, insomnia with several health condition such as “increased risks of depression that is likely to occur 4 times more, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.” (Sleep Management Institute, 2010) When insomnia becomes chronic, the effects can be shown by decrease job performance, added problems to personal life, increase MVAs, and destroy one’s good quality of living. The exact cause of insomnia is unknown for many. However according to the Sleep Management Institute (SMI), (2010) it has been linked to “psychological, physiological causes, medication, caffeine and nicotine, alcohol, the environment and other medical issues.” It is very ironic that many think the use of alcohol will enhance sleep, however the opposite occurs, and can compound the issue causing many other health …show more content…
Most studies have suggested the use of a combination therapy could be the best solution to fight the problem. According to Conroy & Ebben, (2015) & the SMI, (2010) “medicinal treatment combined with behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) are highly recommended and effective at treating insomnia, yet most health care professionals choose to treat the problem themselves.” It is clear that health care providers need to be better trained, and educated, about recommending alternative non-medicinal therapies as well as medicinal therapies, providing referrals to properly direct the treatment. According to the survey conducted by the Conroy & Ebben, (2015) it was “particularly surprising given that both the University of Michigan and Weill Cornell Medical College have well known sleep laboratories with practitioners certified in behavioral treatments for insomnia, they did not provide referrals for their clients,” better education and utilization of professional centers is necessary for the effective treatment of insomnia. Figure 1 represents insomnia, 2outlines CBTI, and figure 3 successful sleep. Many treatments for insomnia are available below is a list of a few such as:
• Massage therapy and ear acupuncture (Rodriquez-Mansilla, 2014)
• SHUTi program (SMI,

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