Anemia and insomnia are two major health-related issues that are currently affecting almost 8.5 million Americans. Where one is the condition of low blood count of RBCís or red blood cells in the body, the other is a condition wherein the person is unable to sleep or remain in a state of sleep for a long period of time. Anemia and insomnia can be easily treated if diagnosed in the early stages.
In which age group does anemia and insomnia occur?
- Some forms of anemia are considered as hereditary, which means that young infants are also susceptible to anemia when born.
- Young women are also known to have lack of iron-deficiency due to the blood loss caused during menstruation, thus becoming susceptible to anemia.
- This usually occurs in people who lead a busy lifestyle which invites stress-related issues, thereby causing the person to build bad sleep habits and lose on his/ her sleep. Such people are in the age group of 23 – 47 years of age.
- Insomnia like sleepwalking usually occurs in adults while night or sleep terrors occur in children as young as 4 and 6 years of age.
What are the causes of anemia and insomnia?
Lack of iron deficiency due to blood loss or decreased red blood production causes anemia and insomnia is caused by prominent stressful and emotional events occurring in a personís lifestyle that might interrupt their sleep patterns.
What are the different types of anemia and insomnia?
There are about 400 types of anemia, which are characterized into the following groups:
- Anemia caused due to blood loss
- Anemia caused due to the decrease in the production of red blood cells, and
- Anemia caused due to the destruction of the red blood cells within the body
There are two types of insomnia. They are:
- Primary insomnia: In this, the person has problems related to sleeping alone and nothing associated with other health conditions, and
- Secondary insomnia: In this the person suffers from sleep disorder caused due to a health condition, such as depression, asthma, arthritis, heartburn or even cancer.
What are the symptoms of anemia and insomnia?
- Feeling dizzy during the day.
- Experiencing chest pain.
- Having pale skin.
- Experiencing shortness of breath.
- Experiencing irregular heart beat.
- General fatigue.
- Feeling sleepy during the day.
- Having problems with concentrating on work.
- Experiencing frustration or irritation towards anything.
- Waking up many times in the middle of the night.
How is anemia and insomnia diagnosed?
Your family doctor will request you to undergo a physical examination test and provide them with reports of your familyís medical history related to anemia and will also take some blood samples to conduct tests.
The health care professional will diagnose you by conducting and evaluating your physical examination, medical and family history of sleep disorders etc. They will also cross check with you and your bed partner about how well the quality and quantity of sleep you get in the night.
How is anemia and insomnia treated?
Your health care professional will first treat the underlying causes of anemia, such as the anemia caused due to blood loss, iron deficiency and decreased production of red blood cells.
The doctor will advise you to maintain a sleep diary through which you will be able to identify the bad sleeping habits and improve on them in time for acute insomnia. However, for chronic insomnia the doctor will first treat the underlying causes or health issues and then move onto cure insomnia on a whole.