What is Insomnia?
by Steve G. Jones
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Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person has trouble falling or staying asleep. Some people with insomnia may fall asleep easily but wake up too soon. Other people may have the opposite problem, or they have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. The end result is poor-quality sleep that doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
Insomnia is a very common health problem. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and a general lack of energy. Insomnia can also make you feel depressed or irritable, and can cause you to have trouble paying attention and remaining focused at school or work.
There are 3 types of insomnia:
Short Term (Transient) - Short term insomnia lasts anywhere form a single night to a few weeks.
Intermittent – Classified as short term and occurs from time to time.
Chronic – Persistent insomnia which occurs 3 nights a week or more. Chronic insomnia can either be primary or secondary. With primary insomnia it is not related to any other health problems or external factors. Secondary insomnia can be a result of a medical condition, stress or other mental health problems, or a generally poor sleep environment.
Insomnia cannot be defined as the number of hours a person sleeps or how long it takes to fall asleep. Individuals have different needs as to the amount of sleep that they require. There is no fast and hard rule as to how much sleep a person needs. On average most people require between seven and nine hours of sleep each night in order for them feel alert and refreshed the next day. However, there are some individuals who can function perfectly fine with only four or five hours per night, while others need ten hours per night. What seems to be important is for one to have a consistent sleeping pattern as opposed to the number of hours of sleep.
Signs and symptoms of insomnia may include:
Inability to get enough sleep at night
Waking up during the night
Waking up too early and are unable to fall back to sleep
Waking up feeling tired, even after a full night's sleep
Tired during the day
Frequent headaches and daytime irritability
Short term insomnia is experienced by more than one third of American adults, and chronic insomnia is known to effect more than one in ten. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Many people know, or assume, they have insomnia simply because they cannot get to sleep at night, or spend the night tossing and turning in bed. But many people have insomnia and don’t realize it.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from insomnia.
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Steve G. Jones is a graduate of the
University of Florida and is certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the
National Guild of Hypnotists and the American Board of Hypnotherapy.
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