Insomnia is diagnosed when a patient tells their doctor that they have difficulty staying and/or falling asleep.
If this has happened for less than three months, the doctor will diagnose acute insomnia.
If this has happened more than three times per week for more than three months, the doctor will diagnose chronic insomnia.
But this probably is not what matters to you at all.
If you’ve wondered how insomnia is diagnosed, you’ve surely also wondered if you have insomnia yourself, and how to sleep well again.
And this is what matters to you.
Let us therefore find out whether you have insomnia and how you’ll find peaceful sleep again.
Do I have insomnia?
Telling you that you have insomnia is just like the formal diagnosis of insomnia, a completely subjective affair.
In other words, neither require a blood test or a sleep study or anything besides your own experiences.
Now remember, a doctor HAS to put a diagnosis...
Did you know that this is one of the most common wordings we use when we ask what to do when we have trouble sleeping?
It’s not difficult to see why, because when we suddenly find ourselves anxiously awake at night, we can feel as if we have been struck.
Now the answer to what to do in this situation, paradoxically, lies in taking a close look at the very question we are posing.
When we use the word strike, we are implying that something has hit us. Someone or something has landed a blow that kept us awake rather than knocked us out.
And naturally, when we feel attacked, we want to defend ourselves. We want to strike back.
But before we do something drastic, it truly helps to look at where exactly the first blow came from?
Here’s the thing, when our brain senses that we are in some form of danger, it activates our safety system, our fight and flight system. As part of this system being activated, we become more perceptive,...
In this edition of Mining the comments we look at a question from @dsision18 who has heard that one should use artificial and natural light to set the circadian rhythm.
Is this true? How can we trust when we get conflicting advice? We look at the answers and find a person who you can always rely on: yourself.
In this special edition class, we hear from Hugo who has seen five steps on the path of leaving insomnia and other struggles that can feel like a mental prison.
In this edition of Insomnia insight, Coach Daniel share's what he has seen more than anything else can keep us struggling even when we have great understanding.
A key episode for anyone educated but stuck in an inner struggle.
User-Yu2 is becoming a parent soon and wonders how to keep the expected sleeplessness from turning into the insomnia they've struggled with.
In this edition of Mining the comments, we learn how insomnia starts with the attempt to prevent the first sleepless night, which turns into a second, and how the cycle ends when we end our preventive attempts.
Coach Alina and Coach Daniel answer questions from our community, the Natto Nation.
If you’ve asked yourself whether insomnia can be cured, you’ve probably been quite worried. Before we even answer the question, a virtual hug is in order.
Everything will be fine.
Regardless of how long you’ve struggled, how intense the troubles have been or any other circumstances, every human can have peaceful sleep.
We will see how in a second, but to answer the question of whether insomnia can be cured, the short answer is no. Because here lies the rub: insomnia is not a disorder or a disease.
Insomnia is a misunderstanding.
Insomnia is a learned mindset where one restless night at some point made us anxious, and made us try to prevent it from happening again.
And this is the thing, sleep is a passive process. It happens all by itself when we aren’t trying to make it happen.
By trying to prevent a second restless night, the passivity, the effortlessness goes away and we have a second restless night.
We try more and more...
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