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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is abnormal wakefulness, poor-quality sleep or inability to sleep. Insomnia may cause problems during the day, such as tiredness, a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Almost everyone experiences some level of insomnia. Insomnia can be as simple as not being able to fall asleep because excitement of the day ahead or a change in sleeping patterns.

Insomnia may be a symptom of Nighttime Eating Syndrome.

Types of Insomnia

There are different classifications of insomnia: transient, intermittent, and chronic. Transient insomnia is short term insomnia. It can last from a single night to a few weeks. Intermittent Insomnia is insomnia that occurs on and off. Chronic insomnia is insomnia that occurs constantly, usually most nights and lasts for a month or more.

Who gets Insomnia?

Anyone can have insomnia. Insomnia occurs in women, the elderly, and individuals with a history of depression, or bipolar disorder.

Stress, anxiety, a medical problem, or the use of certain medications can contribute to developing insomnia.

What causes Insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by many different things. Transient and intermittent insomnia usually occur in people who are temporarily experiencing: stress, environmental noise, extreme temperatures, change in the surrounding environment, sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag, or medication side effects.

The cause of Chronic insomnia is more complex than the causes of transient and intermittent insomnia. It often results from a combination of factors, including underlying physical or mental disorders. One of the most common causes of chronic insomnia is depression.

Do I have Insomnia?

Maybe. Your doctor can help you determine if you have insomnia. Diagnosis is usually made be evaluating sleep history and other environmental conditions.

Can Insomnia be treated?

Yes. Your doctor can prescribe medication that is aimed at your specific problem. However, transient and intermittent insomnia may not require treatment since episodes last only a few days at a time.

How can I sleep better?

There are many ways you can change your lifestyle so you can have better sleep. Tips on how to sleep better.


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