Don’t Let Your Mobility Issues Ruin Your Sleep

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Today we look at the 5 different types of insomnia which often affect people with mobility issues. Insomnia – the lack of sleep – is a problem for many people. Once limited to those suffering from stress or patients with underlying illness, there are now many more causes, affecting all age groups. In a recent study released by the Netherlands Institute for Neuropsychology, five types of insomnia were identified.

What are the Insomnia Types?

It’s important to note that unlike previous research, this insomnia grading differs by personality type. For example, your risk of depression is a strong factor, as is whatever treatments you may have taken before. This study is being heralded alongside recent discoveries in dementia in that now we understand there are more causes, it could lead to improvements in diagnosis and treatment.

  • The first type is called “highly distressed”. People with this type are more likely to suffer neuroses and depression.
  • The second was “moderately distressed but reward-sensitive”. What this means is that the sufferer had long or moderate periods of stress in their life, but it was not devoid of joy.
  • The third type was similar. They would experience moderate levels of distress but received little pleasure from reward. This group was called “moderately distressed and reward-insensitive”.
  • Type four: “slightly distressed with high reactivity”.
  • Finally, those suffering from low amounts of stress who were not having a strong reaction to it: the “slightly distressed with low reactivity” group.

    mindfulness helps insomnia
    Practising mindfulness can calm you down and help you to relax.

This does not challenge the sliding scale of insomnia as released by The Sleep Foundation which does not grade insomnia, rather giving them causes.

What To Do About Insomnia?

We know that sleep is vital for our general health. We cannot overstate just how important it is to get enough sleep and to get enough quality sleep. It is just as important as exercise and a balanced diet to ensure a good and healthy life. Here are some ways you can alleviate your insomnia:

  • Have a sleep routine. If you go to bed at about the same time every night, your body will settle in
  • Switch off from electronic devices 1 hour before you sleep. The type of light that laptops and mobile phones emit keeps the brain active
  • How is your caffeine intake? If you must have a hot drink before bed, substitute tea or coffee for decaf versions, or for hot chocolate
  • How much exercise do you get? It’s been shown repeatedly that people who exercise more sleep better. Daily gentle exercise is usually enough
  • Mindfulness and CBT exercises can help calm the mind and the body to help you relax

Stress and depression are two issues that impact sleep patterns greatly. If you are going through either of these, it’s worth consulting your GP. If your insomnia becomes critical, they may be willing to prescribe sleeping pills in some circumstances.

If you find it hard to get comfortable at night, you may need an adjustable electric bed.

Will Harrison

Will Harrison is the founder and managing director of CareCo. He has worked in the mobility industry his entire life and grown CareCo from a grass roots business in his family home to the UK's leading mobility retailer with nationwide mobility showrooms and operating in the global market.

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