How to Relieve Transient Insomnia and Sleep Better
Especially relevant, the National Institutes of Health, describe insomnia as a common sleep disorder in which people have a hard time sleeping. Furthermore, insomnia is classified as either transient insomnia, acute insomnia, or chronic insomnia. In fact, the primary differentiator between these three classifications, is the length of time people suffer from insomnia. Above all, transient insomnia usually lasts less than a week, acute insomnia lasts a few weeks, while chronic insomnia lasts several months or years.
Stages of Transient Insomnia
Most noteworthy, the three stages of chronic, acute, or transient insomnia correspond to the onset of sleep, maintenance of sleep, and end of sleep.
For example, some people have a hard time going to sleep. But, after falling asleep, they may not be able to stay asleep. Or, after falling asleep they wake up too early in the morning. Or, after falling asleep they stay asleep a long time. On the other hand, some people fall asleep right away but, then, they wake up soon after and have difficulty going back to sleep.
Onset of Sleep
In fact, difficulty falling asleep, sometimes for hours, occurs at the onset of sleep. And, this difficulty may be due to:
- 2Your head wrapped around nagging problems
- 5Going to bed when you are really not sleepy
- 6Your sleep environment being not conducive to good sleep. For example, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress.
Maintenance of Sleep
Most noteworthy, everyone wakes up at least once in the middle of the night. And most people go right back to sleep, some without even knowing they woke up. But for others, going back to sleep becomes a problem. Indeed, these difficulties may be due to:
- 1An illness that prevents them from sleeping soundly
- 2Pain that causes them to wake up
- 3Going to the toilet
- 4Exposing themselves to bright light after they wake up
- 5Presence of anxiety or depression
End of Sleep
Finally, there are times you wake up too early in the morning and can’t go back to sleep. And, this may be due to:
- 1Sleeping lightly during the night
- 2Older people go to sleep early and so they wake up early
- 3Some people need less sleep than others. So it’s natural to wake up early in the morning
- 4Depressed people spend more time in REM sleep. REM sleep is a very light stage of sleep, where people are easily woken up.
Definition of Transient Insomnia
Most of all, transient insomnia is a temporary form of insomnia which can last from one night to a week. Furthermore, transient insomnia may be one night of poor sleep or recurring episodes of insomnia interspersed with days and weeks of normal sleep. Indeed, transient insomnia is caused by the following conditions.
- 1Changes in the sleep environment, such as sleeping in a hotel
- 2Changes in bedtimes
- 6Worrying about something that’s going to happen in the future
- 7A nagging issues such as problems with relationships
- 8Medications used to treat anxiety, stress, and depression
- 9Not feeling well, such as a blocked nose making it hard to fall asleep
- 10Jet lag
- 11Too much excitement
- 12Bad sleeping habits
Definition of Acute Insomnia
On the other hand, acute insomnia can last several weeks and caused by the following conditions.
- 1Long illness
- 2Stress from a bigger or recurring problem
- 3Medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, COPD, strokes, asthma, sleep apnea, heart failure, thyroid problems, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and endocrine problems.
- 4Death of someone close
Definition of Chronic Insomnia
Lastly, chronic insomnia lasts a long time, may be even months or years. And, chronic insomnia may occur for the reasons listed below.
- 1Sleeping environment not being conducive to sleep
- 2Mistiming sleep
- 3Long term health problems
- 4Long term stress and anxiety
Breadth of the Disorder
Meanwhile, at some point in their lifetime, most people have difficulty falling asleep once in a while. However, it’s only when this problem occurs frequently or regularly that people are diagnosed as having chronic, acute, or transient insomnia.
In fact, studies show that up to 95 percent of Americans suffer from episodes of insomnia as some point in their lives. Furthermore, according to the American Sleep Association, 30 percent of adults experience either transient or acute insomnia, while 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Especially relevant, 770 million people around the world suffer from chronic insomnia.
Gene Region Linked to Chronic, Acute, and Transient Insomnia
Most noteworthy, a February 2019 study, in Nature Genetics, of more than 450,000 people in the United Kingdom identified 57 gene regions associated with chronic, acute, or transient insomnia. Meanwhile, 29 percent of the study participants reported frequent sleeplessness. Furthermore, these gene regions explain why some people get insomnia and other don’t. In addition, the study found that increased insomnia symptoms doubled the risk of coronary artery disease, depression, and a reduced sense of well-being.
Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Chronic, Acute, and Transient Insomnia
Yet, another new study, using DNA from 1.3 million people, resulted in identification of 956 genes. In fact, variants of these genes increased risk of insomnia. Also, the study discovered biological processes, cell types, and areas of the brain that have these genes.
Next, they found that parts of these genes play an important role in the functionality of axons (which allow neurons to communicate with each other). In addition, some of the genes were active in cells of the frontal cortex and the brain’s subcortical nuclei. Especially relevant, recent brain imaging studies showed these same brain areas as suspects in people with insomnia.
Also, the study found a strong genetic similarity between insomnia and:
- 4Other psychiatric disorders
- 5Metabolic disturbances in obesity and diabetes
Finally, the study reported that vulnerability to insomnia runs in families.
Remedies for Transient Insomnia or Acute Insomnia
Because insomnia doubles the risk of coronary heart disease along with links to other conditions, insomnia needs to be treated. Moreover, treatments for acute or transient insomnia are given in the section below.
Treatments for Insomnia
- 1First of all, avoid the following before bedtime
- 2Next, get ready for bed by taking a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, meditating, or reading a soothing book
- 3Meanwhile, alcohol can disrupt your sleep by interfering with your sleep cycle, causing you to wake up too early. In addition, alcohol blocks the deep restorative REM sleep. On the other hand, if you must drink something, drink water or freshly made fruit juice.
- 4And, if you must snack, eat easily digestible snacks before bedtime. For example eat cheese, fruits, or cereal with milk.
- 5Moreover, to allow time for food to be digested, do not eat one hour before bedtime
- 6Most of all get an aerobic workout, such as speed walking outdoors or on a treadmill, elliptical stepper, recumbent cross trainers, compact elliptical machines, or long stride elliptical machine, during the day
- 7And, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Regrettably, caffeine is found in many foods and drinks, so you really have to watch out for those kinds of foods.
- 8Also, if you get too tired during the day, take a quick 20 minute nap in the middle of the afternoon but definitely before 5 PM.
- 9Finally, try a foot massager to get a Shiatsu massage, a foot spa massage, or a massage chair, that can totally relax you.
- 1Keep your bedroom quiet. For example, a fan may be able to drown out noise that you can’t control (such as street noise entering through the windows).
- 2Don't forget to make the bedroom as dark as possible. For example, heavy shades help block outside lights.
- 3Put your clock in a location that makes it difficult for you to look at it while lying down on your bed.
- 4The bedroom should be free from all blue light emitting devices, such as cell phones, TV, and tablets.
Most of all, if none of these remedies work, it is important to see your doctor.