Understanding Why and How Insomnia Develops
In his article about One of the Most Common Causes of Insommnia, Dr. Mercola talks about a particular condition, which confirms what I have been discussing through out the article. Let your mind rest and try to control those “unwanted thoughts”. But how do I do that you ask? Here is an excerpt from his article that I found quite interesting:
The most commonly reported sleep disorder is insomnia; having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or the inability to get quality sleep throughout the night.
According to Dr. Naiman, one of the most common symptoms of insomnia is a condition called “cognitive popcorn:”
“Cognitive popcorn is something that occurs when you put your head down, trying to go to sleep or trying to get back to sleep in the middle of the night, and suddenly your mind starts to produce all of these thoughts.
They’re unwanted thoughts, uncontrollable thoughts. It’s as if the mind has a mind of its own. That’s a very common complaint that keeps people awake.”
In order to understand why you can’t sleep, you need to understand that sleep is the outcome of an interaction between two classes of variables: sleepiness and “noise.