person dealing with chronic insomnia might be able to achieve sleep in
very short time intervals of usually no more than one hour. This means
that they can find it difficult
to achieve deep sleep, which is stage
four of the body’s sleep cycle. Deep sleep is the stage at which the
body should achieve complete or partial regeneration. This regeneration
process can be essential to a person’s physical and mental
be diagnosed with chronic insomnia, you have to be suffering from the
condition for at least
three months or more. This is the required
medical time period to qualify for the severe type: anything less than
this and you could be diagnosed with having a milder form of insomnia,
or another condition altogether. There
is no known cure for extreme
insomnia but there are treatments that have proved to help in certain
causes of severe insomnia can usually be associated with other life
trauma experiences that have happened either in your past
present. These traumas can be either physical, mental or a combination
of both. Traumas that are left untreated can manifest and cause deep
rooted issues that can affect the ability to achieve quality sleep.
Depression/Bipolar: The brain is a wonderful organ,
achieving so much when functioning normally. However, if your brain is
not functioning as it should then it can be the cause of mental
disorders. A chemical imbalance
in the brain has been determined as one
of the main causes of depression.
Depression can have a massive negative impact on
a sufferer’s life. They can have feelings of hopelessness, mood swings,
extreme rage, hallucinations and paranoid behavior. All these negative
behavioral feelings can be attributed to the causes of severe insomnia.
This is your body’s natural way of responding to pressure, stress or
danger. In small, self controlled amounts this response can aid a
person to remain alert, or perform tasks they did not know they were
everything should be in moderation and if your brain allows feelings of
anxiety to overwhelm
your rational thought process, you could have an
anxiety disorder. This disorder can interfere with and disrupt forms of
normal routine, especially sleep.
accidents/injuries: Extreme pain or damage to any part of
the body can
result in not only immediate complications but also lasting
physiological damage. Stress caused by physical and mental
affect the brain’s ability to sleep.
brain relies on a delicate balance of chemicals to achieve sound sleep.
Flashbacks or memories from a previous trauma can trigger the release
of neurochemicals that can keep us awake.
Damaging Effects of Severe Insomnia
outcome of having little sleep can
be detrimental to both your mental
and physical health. Nearly all of the different effects are
intertwined and part of a vicious cycle. Extreme insomnia is dangerous
and scary as it is a difficult problem to break away from. Here are a
few of the extreme ways in which an insomniac’s life will be
A long term sufferer of severe insomnia can find it extremely difficult
to hold down a regular job. Sleep deprivation can cause a lack of
concentration, co-ordination, bad time keeping and behavior
abnormalities. All these negative attributes can result in the
inability of a person to work productively.
could also endanger the person’s life and the lives of others working
with them, if they were permitted to operate dangerous machinery or
drive while not medically fit.
life: Living with a person that is suffering from chronic
be very difficult. They have little
or no set routine whatsoever and
can be awake all night, when everyone else is sleeping. This phenomenon
can be very disrupting, especially with young children in the
more, not having the ability to work as a result of a sleep condition
can put a huge strain on the family’s finances and lower the quality of
life for the rest of the family.
situations: Extreme insomnia can cause a person to become a social
recluse. The problem with getting little or no sleep is
that it can
take a toll on how much energy you have to complete everyday tasks.
Trying to get the energy or motivation to go out and meet friends for
socializing becomes less important as time goes
state: This is described as one of the worst effects that
has to endure. As its name might suggest, this condition is a permanent
state of being neither
awake nor asleep. Both the body and mind are
exhausted but are unable to settle and rest adequately.
‘zombie’ like state can leave a person feeling frustrated and angry but
too lethargic to act on these feelings. The fatigue and exhaustion may
wear the body down but the danger lies in the manner in which the brain
to cope with the strain the body is under, the mind works slowly to
conserve energy. At times this is why it can seem as if insomniacs are
unaware of what is happening around them, or even what
day it is.
Lack of sleep can have serious consequences on your diet. If you are
awake nearly every hour of the day it can be difficult to have a decent
meal routine. The lack of sleep can cause your body to have no
to do anything other than hang about, which will result in the body not
burning calories consumed from food throughout the day.
the other hand, a sufferer with extreme insomnia will not feel like
eating very much as they have not done anything energetic