Insomnia caused by the use of drugs or other psychotropic substances.
- This type of insomnia is known by many names, including:
- Sleep disorder caused by psychotropic substances;
- Alcohol-related sleep disorder;
- Sleep disorder caused by taking psychostimulants;
- Ricochet insomnia;
- Insomnia caused by food allergies.
- This type of insomnia can be directly related to the effects of one or more of the following substances:
- Food products.
Who gets this sleep disorder?
- This type of insomnia is observed in about 2 people out of 1000. Among patients who applied to a sleep center for insomnia, 3.5% of patients suffer from this sleep disorder.
- Insomnia caused by taking psychostimulants is more common in young people;
- Insomnia caused by sedation or alcohol is more common in middle-aged and elderly people;
- Insomnia caused by food allergies often begins in infancy;
- Other types of insomnia caused by exposure to psychotropic (chemical) substances can begin at any age.
How do I know if I am suffering from sleep disorder?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping during the night, are you waking up too early in the morning, and not feeling rested after a night's sleep?
- Does this problem arise even when you have the opportunity and time to sleep as you want?
- Do you notice that you have at least one of these problems:
- Lack of energy;
- Lack of motivation to do something;
- Problems with attention, memory or ability to concentrate;
- Poor performance at work or school;
- Excessive mood swings;
- Daytime sleepiness;
- Frequent mistakes when doing normal work or when driving a car;
- Tension, headaches or abdominal pain;
- Frustration or anxiety about your sleep.
If you answered “YES” to these questions, then you are probably suffering from insomnia.
- The answers to the questions below will help you determine if you are suffering from insomnia caused by taking narcotic or psychotropic substances.
- Have you had insomnia for at least one month?
- Have you used for medical purposes or have you misused narcotic or other psychotropic substances for a sufficiently long period of time? If “no,” then have you been exposed to the effects of drugs, allergy-causing foods, or toxins for an extended period of time? Does this drug affect sleep while taking it or after stopping it?
- Do you experience sleep problems while using a drug, abusing or discontinuing a substance, or being exposed to adverse environmental chemicals?
If you answered “Yes” to these questions, then you probably suffer from insomnia caused by the effects of narcotic or other psychotropic substances.
- In addition, it is important to determine if there are any other reasons that could cause sleep problems. Sleep disturbances can result from any of the following reasons, such as:
- Another sleep disorder;
- Disease of internal organs and nervous system;
- Mental disorder.
The first step is to discuss the problem with your family doctor. You should see your doctor if your insomnia lasts more than one month. If, after consulting a general practitioner, there is no significant improvement in sleep, you should see a sleep therapist.
You should reduce the effects of adverse environmental factors on the body. IMPORTANT: When starting or stopping a drug, you should always keep in touch with your healthcare provider.