The Link Between Alcohol, Insomnia, And Suicide

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Insomnia, Depression, Suicide and Alcohol: The links

Recent studies in alcohol consumption and ensuing behavioral disorders reveal that excessive alcohol consumption or alcohol addiction may result in insomnia and other sleeping disorders and these, in turn, can cause acute depression in the affected individuals. The alarming fact is that studies and surveys show that these depression bouts often lead to suicide and suicide attempts.

Alcohol and Insomnia: What is the Relationship?

Alcohol and insomnia share a sort of two-way relationship. People who suffer from insomnia are often known to revert to alcohol as a sort of curative. Since alcohol slows down the functions of our central nervous system, it acts as a kind of sedative. However, this does not mean that this leads to peaceful sleep. The tranquilizing effects of alcohol are known to last only during the first cycles of sleep but gradually wear away when we plunge into deeper sleep. As a result, alcohol-induced sleep may cause repeated waking in the last hours of sleep and this often results in fatigue, anxiety and depression.

On the other hand, people who are already alcohol addicts have high chances of suffering from insomnia and other sleep disturbances when they go off alcohol. This is one of the common withdrawal symptoms noted in alcohol addicts and it is common for many to start drinking again in an effort to escape these afflictions.

A figure shows that 1/5th of all Americans who die when drunk are suicides. Moreover, a large number of suicide attempt survivors are diagnosed with alcohol abuse-related disorders. According to researchers, young adults and teenagers form the greatest number of these suicide victims.

Researchers have found a causal link between alcohol consumption to suicidal action. Since sleeping patterns are impacted negatively by alcohol consumption and since this often leads to disturbing nightmares and hallucinatory or paranoiac vision and images, the affected individual often falls victim to acute forms of depression. And this in turn increases the suicide risk related to alcohol.

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Tackle Your Insomnia With This Great Advice

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What can you do to sleep better? Is there something that works for everyone? What is the one trick I don’t know keeping me from a full night of sleep? Yes, there are great tricks for getting better sleep, and many follow below.

If you are experiencing insomnia, exercise more during the day. It is well known that exercising balances your metabolism, regulates hormone levels and tires you out so you can sleep. Exercise more to sleep better.

Sleep however long it takes to feel fully rested. Avoid trying to sleep for a longer time to compensate for lost sleep or sleep that you expect to lose. Just sleep until you are rested, and do this every night. Do not bank hours or avoid doing it some days.

Firm mattresses can help with insomnia. A too-soft mattress does not provide enough support for your body. It may exacerbate an already existing problem. When you invest in a firmer mattress, you may just be investing in the relief of your problems.

Creating a sleep-inducing routine is useful for coping with insomnia. Rituals tell your brain and body that it is time for bed. You will start to feel drowsy while you go through this routine which makes it easier to sleep.

If you just aren’t feeling tired, falling asleep is harder. If your job is sedentary in nature, take regular breaks during which you move around a bit. Starting each morning with a brisk walk or jog goes a long way toward achieving a good night’s rest.

You may find that one or a combination of things mentioned here are needed for your specific situation. You can even try them all if you like. The best thing you can do is to continue researching the subject to build off the wisdom you acquired here.