Did you know that there are guidelines for sleep? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) sets clinical standards for the “sleep medicine health care, education and research by publishing practice parameters, systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, and best practice guides.” (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2014).
Lack of sleep is called insomnia. There are two types, acute and chronic. Acute insomnia may be caused by changes with; job loss/change, divorce, moving, death of love one. Emotional, illness, and changes in environment can interrupt sleep. Medication side effects and change in sleep pattern can result in insomnia. Chronic insomnia is longer than six months and may be secondary to depression/anxiety, stress, and pain.
Treatments for insomnia include resolving the primary problems, implement nonpharmacological interventions; regular bed time routines, limiting stimulants such as caffeine, and daytime naps. Secondary or chronic insomnia suffers are recommended to talk with their providers and discuss treatments coutured for their health problems.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2014). Practice Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.aasmnet.org/practiceguidelines.aspx
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