Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is commonly known as difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Types of Insomnia

Insomnia can occur in people of all ages and most people have insomnia for a night or two. However, some people can experience insomnia for weeks, months, or even years. Insomnia is most common among women and older adults.

Adjustment Insomnia – Adjustment insomnia is a problem with falling asleep or staying asleep that lasts for a short period of time. Normally, adjustment insomnia last for a few nights but could occur for up to three months. Adjustment insomnia is usually caused by a stress related event such as traveling, important business, family matters or personal issues. When the stressful event is overcome then sleep patterns return to normal.

Chronic Insomnia – Chronic insomnia lasts at least one month and normally means that a person is having sleep problems because of something else, such as a health condition (like asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn.)

What causes Insomnia?

Insomnia is a symptom of another problem, similar to a fever or stomachache. Insomnia is cause by form major factors.

Psychological Factors – Insomnia is caused by stress related events or through learned behavior.

Lifestyle Factors – Insomnia is caused by choices we make such as stimulants (caffeine, nicotine), or alcohol, lack of exercise, sleeping pills, or shift work.

Environmental Factors – Insomnia is caused by external noise or lights.

Physical/Psychiatric Illness – Insomnia is caused by psychiatric issues or sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea.

When should I seek help for insomnia?

If your sleep is disturbed for longer than a few days or if you feel that your sleep interferes with your daily life then you should seek a sleep professional.

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