Insomnia is a sleeping condition that is pervasive throughout the world.

In an article dated September 1, 2011 in the Los Angeles Times, entitled “Insomnia is a $63-billion drag on the economy, study says “it goes on to say the researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of Michigan and elsewhere arrived at this figure by giving detailed questionnaires to more than  10,000 adults who were members of a large, nationwide health plan. The responses revealed that 23.2% of workers suffer from insomnia, as defined by psychiatrists and sleep experts.”

The study went on to conclude “that about two-thirds of lost productivity due to insomnia can actually be traced to workers who show up but are not as  productive as their rested peers. Among other problems, they make mistakes on the job or cause accidents.”

in my own life experience, I have friends and family that have had to deal with insomnia to one degree or another. Some of them experienced depression, anxiety and decreased concentration. Some of them felt totally dysfunctional and listless.

If left unchecked, insomnia can have serious consequences to our physical and mental health. Thus, insomnia taken to the extreme can be a major impediment to our personal development.

It is important to understand the causes of insomnia and ways to reduce its many  adverse effects.

Definition of Insomnia

Webster’s Dictionary defines insomnia as “prolonged and usually abnormal inability to obtain adequate sleep.”

What Are Some of the Causes of Insomnia?

  • Changes to our normal body rhythm
  • People who suffer from certain psychological disorders
  • People who suffer from certain medical conditions
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain medications used for treating high cholesterol levels, hypertension and for treating depression.

How do We Treat Insomnia

Insomnia can be treated with or without the use of drugs or a combination of both.

Without Drugs:

  • Cognitive Therapy – one-on-one counseling or group therapy. One of the primary tenets of this type of therapy is that the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs you hold have a major impact on the way you view the world around you and how you feel.
  • Relaxation techniques – including yoga and meditation.

With Drugs:

  • Prescription sleeping pills
  • Antidepressants

In an article published by the New York Times on November 23, 2013 entitled “Curing Insomnia to Treat Depression” ‘it said “psychiatrists have long thought that depression causes insomnia, but new research suggests that insomnia can actually precede and contribute to causing depression. The causal link works in both directions. Two small studies have shown that a small amount of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia, when added to a standard antidepressant pill to treat depression, can make a huge difference in curing both insomnia and depression in many patients.”


Insomnia taken to the extreme has serious adverse effects to our physical and mental health.

Also, insomnia plays a significant role in lowered productivity in the workplace.

In order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life, try some of the above mentioned treatments for insomnia.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.


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