Insomnia Is Linked To Sexual Life Disruption

A lot is said and written about the importance of a good night sleep on a regular basis for all of us. Millions of people around the world suffer from insomnia and chronic lack of sleep, and they complain a lot about feeling always tired and exhausted, about inability to focus and get concentrated on their work, about being inefficient and more prone to many common health problems. Studies have shown that a chronic lack of sleep is linked to many negative processes in our body, namely slowed down metabolism and detoxification, common digestive problems like indigestion, flatulence, constipation, etc., linked to higher risks of gaining weight and developing cardiovascular problems which sometimes can turn into very serious diseases and health conditions. The effects of chronic sleep disorders on our daily life certainly go beyond only health condition and may affect our professional, social, and even personal life.

According to the latest findings of the scientists, a chronic lack of sleep cause by various factors (too much work, excessive stresses, certain health conditions, and so on) is very often linked to serious problems in sexual life, like decreased libido and a lack of desire. A group of American specialists led by Dr. Jennifer Peszka, Associate Professor of Psychology and Julia Mobley Odyssey Professor, the University of Southern Mississippi, decided to look closer at the issues related to workaholics and the effects of working too much on our sleep. For the study, they invited a group of 60 students studying in the University of Southern Mississippi, who were asked to fill up detailed questionnaires with plenty of questions about daily life and habits of the participants, about their common sleep patterns and sexual experience of the participants related to enough sleep or a chronic lack of sleep.

After summarizing and analyzing the collected information, the scientists came to the following conclusions. If a young couple reported having a good night sleep, both of the partners stated their good interest in sexual life. Both men and women reported that their sexual life after having a good sleep was very good, however, still most of men reported about believing that sexual interest that women demonstrated was quite low. At the same time, after a rough night and especially those who suffer from a chronic lack of sleep, some changes in the estimations of both men and women took place. Women did not change the estimations as to their sexual interest and sexual interest of their partners, but at the same time men reported that after improper sleep their women demonstrated much higher interest in sexual life comparing to the one they demonstrate after having a good night sleep.

“Sleep deprivation could have unexpected effects on perceptual experiences that could lead people to engage in sexual decisions that they might otherwise not when they are well-rested,” the study leader underlined. The scientists believe that there is a probability of the fact that the findings can be applied not only to our sexual interest, but to some other spheres of our life as well. In other words, those people who suffer from a chronic lack of sleep tend to make decisions and do things that they would never even think about doing if they would have a proper sleep. American researchers say that this can be one more reason to develop healthy sleeping habits and make sure that we have a good sleep on a regular basis. Keep in mind that having a proper sleep every night should be considered one of the most effective tool to reduce the risks of many health problems and improve our life.

Regular Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Mental Disorders

It is quite common for young people to have regular lack of sleep. Endless late night parties, TV shows, movies and other activities steal their time necessary for rest and sleeping. As a result many young people of our time sleep less than 5 hours a day. Isn’t this harmful? Sure it is, and recently scientists have found out that a regular lack of sleep is linked to not only weakened immune system, lower productivity and mood swings. A regular lack of sleep can also become a reason of serious mental disorders and disturbances.

internetA group of Australian specialists leaded by Nicholas Glozier from the University of Sydney started their study in order to find an answer to the question why the increase in mental disorders and illnesses among today’s young people started taking place. The research involved a year long observation of about 20,000 young people aged 17-24, who slept more and less then 5 hours a day. It turned out that those who have a regular lack of sleep had about 14% increased risks of having distresses and mental instabilities.

Sleep disturbance and in particular insomnia is a predictor of later development of depression and possibly anxiety,” Glozier commented to Australian press. In addition, the scientists found out that late night using of Internet are among the leading causes of insomnia in young people. Glozier says: “Large numbers of my patients are on Facebook or the internet or massive multiplayer games until one or two in the morning but are having to get up at 7am.” As a reaction on such daily routine, nothing else but headaches, body clock problems, mood swings, depressions and other imbalances start taking place.

A Lack Of Sleep Is Linked To Paranoid Thoughts

paranoid thoughtsMany of us are very well-familiar with a wide range of negative effects of insomnia. Those include a terrible feeling of fatigue and restlessness, body aches, headaches, drastically reduced energy levels, slowed down mental functions, lack of attention and inability to focus, resulting in decreased performance and lack of success in daily life, mood swings, irritability, depression and other emotional problems, as well as many many more, depending on personal factors and personality type of every one of us. This reactions we all experience after sleepless nights can affect our entire life to a great extent.

To make the situation worse, nowadays, the specialists could add one more negative effect of a lack of sleep, which is paranoid thoughts. Nice isn’t it? Just like we were lacking problems and bad reactions of our body on chronic insomnia. This week, Dr Daniel Freeman from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London presented the findings of his new research at the Cheltenham Science Festival. He told that insomnia is linked to developing a stable feeling that other people are trying to cause harm or control us. In other words, chronic insomnia is linked to paranoid thoughts and unjustified  fears of being harmed by other people.

According to a research, carried out by a group of British specialists leaded by Dr. Freeman,  which involved 8,580 adults, those who experience constant lack of sleep reported that within only a month or two their mental condition has worsened, and they have fears that people around tend to harm them. Such paranoid thoughts were registered in about 21% of the participants who suffered constant insomnia, and 9% or them reported that they’d believed in the existing control over their thoughts by outside forces. In addition, 1,5% of chronic insomniacs said that their feelings of anticipating a potential serious harm from other people were sometimes really disturbing.

How Can I Recognize Insomnia in Me or My Child?

If you suspect that you might be suffering from insomnia, you should analyze your sleep routine and answer the following questions:

Bad Sleeper1. Do you have difficulties with falling asleep or maintaining good sleep all night long?
2. Do you usually wake up very early in the morning?
3. Do you feel tired, unrefreshed and restless when you wake up?
4. Do you experience all of these problems even in those situations, when you have an opportunity to go to bed in the most convenient time and sleep as much as you want?
5. If you suspect insomnia in your child, does he refuse going to bed and sleeping alone?
6. Do you have at least one of the following problems:
— lack of energy;
— lack of motivation to do something;
— problems with attention, memory or abilities to concentrate;
— lack of success at work or in school;
— frequent changes of the mood;
— daytime sleepiness;
— frequent mistakes when doing usual daily work or when driving;
— nervous tension, headache and abdominal pains;
— disappointment or worries about own sleep?

If you answered “YES” to all of these questions, there is a big probability that you are suffering from insomnia. In such case, it is very important to find out, whether you have some other reasons causing you problems with sleep. Sleep disturbances and disorders can be the result of various reasons including:
— Chronic medical conditions and neurological complications;
— Long-term use of some medications;
— Substance abuse;
— A psychological disorder;
— Another sleep disorder or disturbance, etc.

The Most Common Sleep Problem: Insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia, you are not alone with this problem. Nowadays, more than 30% of people around the world regularly have the symptoms of temporary insomnia, and about 10% of modern Americans suffer from chronic insomnia. Insomnia occurs more frequently in women and aged people. It is usually caused by a variety of reasons, including some serious general diseases. Also, insomnia can be a side effect of taking certain medications. People, who suffer from insomnia, usually have such problems as daytime irritability and fatigue, difficulties with concentration and focusing on something, sleepiness and many others.

InsomniacThere are four main types of insomnia that are connected with:
– difficulties when falling asleep;
– difficulties with maintaining sleep all night long;
– waking up too early;
– unsatisfying quality of sleep.

Insomnia is caused by some quite common reasons, which can be classified as the following:
(1) the causes, connected with physical and psychological condition of a person (including stresses, worries, anxiety and fears, concerns about the problems in professional or personal life, inability to relax, suffering from pains or diseases, menopause, continuous boredom and feeling of being rejected, depression, and so on);
(2) using stimulants, medications containing caffeine and other medications that can interfere with sleep (antidepressants, antihistamines, some weight-loss medications, etc.);
(3) environmental factors (changes in sleep environment, changes in daily habits or schedules, changes connected with traveling and time zone change, etc.)
(4) the factors, connected with aging (changes in general health, daily routine, sleep patterns, and so on);
(5) behavioral factors and failures to maintain a proper sleep hygiene (eating too much before going to sleep, leading very active night life, drinking and smoking before going to sleep, and so on).

If ignored and not treated properly, insomnia can lead to some complications, such as psychological disorders, depression, problems with blood pressure, increased severity of other illnesses and diseases. Besides, as insomnia usually causes lack of attention and concentration, it can be a reason of serious mistakes and even accidents which put human life to danger. Do not delay talking to a specialist if you are experiencing syndromes of insomnia and have sleep deprivation affecting the quality of your life. In the majority of the situations, insomnia can be treated with special supplements and medications (sleeping pills or antidepressants) as well as behavioral therapy, supported by the efforts to eliminate possible causes of insomnia and developing good sleep habits.