It is real! Addiction to smartphones is not a fantasy.

Find out if you are addicted to your smartphone

Just like happens with alcohol, food, or drugs, if you overuse your smartphone you might be at risk of developing an addiction.

This is not a mom theory, or the typical adult speech to a teenager, it is a reality proved by science and medical experts.

The most recent warning came from experts at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health, who have said that there are two warning signs we can detect for smartphone addictions. The first one is when your device is interfering with your life. The other one is when you get withdrawal symptoms when you try cutting back.

Now, as in any other addiction case, it’s not easy to accept we have a problem, and it’s even more difficult to take action to fight against it. However, there are certain things that we can start doing at least to determine if the use of the smartphone is already a problem or is on its way to become one. Here are some questions you should ask yourself, and be honest!

  1. Are you having concentration issues at work because of the use of your smartphone?
  2. If you don’t have your device at hand, are you constantly thinking about it and you get irritated?
  3. How often do you check your phone? Probably, more than it should be?
  4. Have you had comments or critics from friends and family about the overuse of your smartphone?

The first step is to recognize where are you on the addiction zone. If you are already there, or getting closer, it is time to do something.

Again, as in any other addiction problem, there is a process that might not be easy, but it could be your ticket to get out of a serious problem…because it is serious.

Let’s start by setting aside the phone for a few hours every day. It could be as soon as you get home, it could be during your lunch break, or at any time of the day, but it is important to be constant, to have goals and to keep those goals in mind.

Talk to your friends and family to establish together some rules of use while being on a social activity or at meals time. It will help all of you.

Once you start learning how to separate from your device for a few hours every day, you can go to the next step. Instead of charging the smartphone in your bedroom, do it in a different place of your home. It will help you to avoid the temptation to use it at night or early in the morning.

Nobody said it was going to be easy but it is definitely possible and it will be very positive!

Wake up, and treat your insomnia now!

In a problem that is increasing, about 30 percent of the population presents sleep issues.

If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, officially you may be suffering from insomnia, and you are not alone. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, around 50 to 70 million adults in United States present some form of sleeping disorder.

Insomnia is one of those disorders, and it is a complicated one. People who suffer from it, usually have other symptoms like low energy, fatigue, lack of attention and drastic changes in mood.

Once you detect the main symptoms it is important to consult a physician to try to determine what kind of insomnia are you experiencing, and what would be the treatment to follow.

Depending on its duration, insomnia could be acute or chronic. Acute is the one related with specific moments or circumstances of your life. It is temporary and it could be solved without medical treatment.

Chronic insomnia affects at least half of your week for a lapse of at least three months. It could be caused by health issues, changes in your schedules, work or life habits, or it could be caused by some medications, as a side effect. It requires a doctor diagnosis and treatment, in order to avoid more complications or developments.

Now, what kind of treatment is the right one for you? That’s something that only a doctor could tell you, and it is actually something that you should address as soon as you can.

Treatment for insomnia could include medical components, psychological, behavioral or even a combination of those. Your own history will help the physician to determine your needs for treatment. It is important to bring to your doctor all the information you can collect and that may be leading you to suffer from insomnia.

If you are experimenting some symptoms, don’t wait to consult a doctor. Wake up and treat your insomnia now!