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What Causes Insomnia?

Facts about Insomnia

You need some sleep. You’ve spent the last several agonizing hours trying desperately to fall asleep. But you’re wide awake.

Your body is so tired – but you can’t get a good night’s rest.

Do you remember what a good night’s sleep feels like?………. Or was it too long ago?

You, my friend, are suffering from insomnia.

Many of us have occasional nights of sleeplessness without any serious consequences. It’s when the occasional night becomes a pattern of several nights in a row that you know that you are faced with a sleeping problem.

You are probably well aware that repeated loss of sleep affects all areas of your life: The physical, the mental, and the emotional. Sleep deprivation can affect your overall daily performance and can even have an effect on your personality. (It is really hard to be a nice person when you are exhausted!)

What you may not know is if your insomnia continues for a long period of time it can cause problems in your relationships, reduce your productivity, and it may lead to other health problems.

It can become an unending cycle of worry and anxiety as night after night you toss and turn, wondering when sleep will come, wondering what is wrong with you.

Doctors and others who study sleep problems categorize insomnia into three stages or categories.

The Three Categories of Insomnia and Sleeplessness:

“Initial” insomnia: In this category, you have difficulty falling asleep. It usually takes you 30 minutes or longer to fall asleep.
“Middle” insomnia: In this stage of insomnia after falling asleep you have problems staying asleep. You may wake up after an hour or so of sleep and many times stay awake until the early morning hours.
“Late” or “Terminal” insomnia: In this category of insomnia you wake up early in the morning after less than 6 hours of sleep.
It may surprise you to learn that you could be the cause of your insomnia!

The older you are, the more opportunity you’ve had to completely screw up any chance you have at developing good sleeping habits and keeping a regular sleeping schedule.

The Causes of Insomnia are Numerous
Fortunately for you, this site is full of reasons why you may not be sleeping – and ideas on how you can use that information to fix your sleeping habits once and for all.

Facts about Insomnia

You need some sleep. You’ve spent the last several agonizing hours trying desperately to fall asleep. But you’re wide awake.

Your body is so tired – but you can’t get a good night’s rest.

Do you remember what a good night’s sleep feels like?………. Or was it too long ago?

You, my friend, are suffering from insomnia.

Many of us have occasional nights of sleeplessness without any serious consequences. It’s when the occasional night becomes a pattern of several nights in a row that you know that you are faced with a sleeping problem.

You are probably well aware that repeated loss of sleep affects all areas of your life: The physical, the mental, and the emotional. Sleep deprivation can affect your overall daily performance and can even have an effect on your personality. (It is really hard to be a nice person when you are exhausted!)

What you may not know is if your insomnia continues for a long period of time it can cause problems in your relationships, reduce your productivity, and it may lead to other health problems.

It can become an unending cycle of worry and anxiety as night after night you toss and turn, wondering when sleep will come, wondering what is wrong with you.

Doctors and others who study sleep problems categorize insomnia into three stages or categories.

The Three Categories of Insomnia and Sleeplessness:

“Initial” insomnia: In this category, you have difficulty falling asleep. It usually takes you 30 minutes or longer to fall asleep.
“Middle” insomnia: In this stage of insomnia after falling asleep you have problems staying asleep. You may wake up after an hour or so of sleep and many times stay awake until the early morning hours.
“Late” or “Terminal” insomnia: In this category of insomnia you wake up early in the morning after less than 6 hours of sleep.
It may surprise you to learn that you could be the cause of your insomnia!

The older you are, the more opportunity you’ve had to completely screw up any chance you have at developing good sleeping habits and keeping a regular sleeping schedule.

The Causes of Insomnia are Numerous
Fortunately for you, this site is full of reasons why you may not be sleeping – and ideas on how you can use that information to fix your sleeping habits once and for all.

What was considered ladylike? Modern women, we need to know this! Life for women was very different during the Victorian Era. In order to appreciate the times we live in, we should be familiar with what was expected of women a couple of centuries ago. Maybe something will make you appreciate the Victorian times even more than ours.

Check out the Etiquette of Victorian Women:

  • An unmarried woman under 30 years of age was never to be in a room with a man alone. If she wanted to be in the company of a man she had to be accompanied by a matchmaker or a relative.
  • It was not proper for a young lady to take a walk alone or with another man who wasn’t related to her. If she couldn’t find someone to accompany her she was to take a stroll in the garden or simply stay home.
  • A lady was never to dance more than three dances with the same man.
  • Under no circumstance was a lady allowed to come calling on a man unless she was in need of professional help or advice only he could give her.
  • A lady should never interrupt someone mid-conversation.
  • A lady should not wear pearls or diamonds in the morning.
  • A lady was not to show her emotions. In conversation, she should never raise her voice, not in anger or excitement.
  • Ladies were taught to keep their back always straight. The only place where you could relax your back was in your room.
  • How much work a lady did depended on her wealth and status. If you were from a working class family you were expected to learn the trade of your family. If you were wealthy then you didn’t work but you told others what to do and how to do it.
  • Girls were expected to get married and if they didn’t then they were supposed to dedicate their lives to charity.

Obviously, these are just some of the rules of etiquette from the Victorian Era. Some of these are still good rules to live by but I hope that they also made you appreciate that you live in the 21st century.

I enjoy my hobbies. Other than my family, I think hobbies really are what make life fun. Isn’t that why we work? We work to have fun and are often. Hopefully our work is fun as well, don’t get me wrong, but it is the time where we get to pursue what we find enjoyable that we work for. For those of us that are particularly fortunate, are hobbies and our work cross paths. Fortunately I’m one of those people.

Designing on a computer has been something I’ve enjoyed all my life, but didn’t really take seriously until college. I tried out a variety of majors and ended up graduating with a degree that I don’t use. All along the way through college, though, I continued to improve my skills in designing a computer. So, in the end, that is what I ended up doing his job. These days I still design websites, online offers, etc. but my real focus is online marketing. All these things I find to be an enjoyable challenge, so I do enjoy my work.

What I really enjoy are some of my hobbies I do whenever I have the chance. Photography is a real passion, which is something I mentioned before. Yet, there are so many other things I like to try. Backspace and that is my problem. I like trying many things. I may not be all that good at any particular thing, but I enjoy the challenge of trying to get better. I like to golf, and I’m not that good but I enjoy the game regardless. I enjoy shooting firearms because there is a challenge to getting better and it requires practice to maintain your skills. The list goes on. I feel very fortunate in having the opportunity to do a variety of hobbies, I just wish I had much more time in which to do them!

So that is my dilemma, too many fun things that I’d like to do, and not enough time in which to do them. I know, poor me, such a difficult problem to have. I don’t write this to try and find somebody out there, but I do hope I’m not the only one in this situation.

Have you ever been in the kind of discussion where everyone brings up the things they would do if they had unlimited funds? You know, where everyone talks about if they had enough money to retire now what they would do. Inevitably these discussions lead to someone saying, “Well, that would be fun for a time, but eventually you would get tired of it and go back to work.” I find this completely crazy. Maybe I’m just naïve, but I sure would like the opportunity to test this theory out. I have so many interests, and I’m sure I could find so many more, but I would never tire of things to do. I could spend weeks if not months just working on certain aspects of photography and trying to get better. I could travel. I could put photography and travel together, and I don’t think I could ever tire of just even that. Throw in some golf, and spent a lot of time with my family, and I would be a happy man.

I am sure I would find one of my hobbies would end up including a type of work, but it would be something I would do at my pace and on things that I want to do. You wouldn’t find me being one of those people that has money and feels the need to invest in new businesses solely for the purpose of creating new money… hopefully. I’ve seen way too many people that have made a few million dollars, think they have the Midas touch, and then turn around and lose that money in their next business endeavor. Perhaps this is why I will never be a rich man; I don’t have that kind of drive to want to make more. Sure, I have some numbers in my mind that I’d like to read someday, and I hope the effort I am making with get me there. Once I get there, I see myself being happy to be there and willing to live off the interest of money made, rather than trying to make twice or three times what I have already achieved. Of course reality is that I will just continue much of the level I am at, and I’m pretty happy with that. But we all have to have dreams!

So being the realist about I am, I look at my current schedule and try to figure out where I can sit in some time to “play” while still addressing all my family and work responsibilities. Isn’t that the name of the game? Isn’t that what we’ll have to do? But it all comes down to priorities, and some things come first. Fortunately, I have a lovely wife (she reads this blog, so you know I have to say that) who makes it possible for me to have some time to pursue some of these hobbies.

The second problem with these hobbies, it’s not just time, but it is money. The old phrase “the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys” is as true as any statement could be. All of the hobbies I have listed in this post take money, and if you’re serious about the hobby, they take plenty of it. When you get into photography, it’s not just the cost of the camera which is plenty, to begin with, it’s all the possible lenses you can try out. Getting a good lens can set you back $1000, $2000 or even much more. The much more category is way out of my league, but I do have a couple of lenses in the lower range. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to do some work that justifies the cost of these lenses, but that’s not always the case. Once you get going on a hobby, it’s hard to stop. Same goes with the other hobbies I listed. Only so much money to go around, and that goes back to the priorities discussion.

So clear is a rant somewhere in this long diatribe against it would be that I wish I had a bit more time and money to do the fun things in life. I guess I’ll just have to work a little harder to make that happen.