Thirty percent of adults complain of insomnia. It is a sleep disorder that makes it hard for you to fall asleep, stay asleep or both. This disorder is defined as a positive response to either of the two questions: “Do you experience difficulty sleeping?” or “Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?”
What is insomnia?
- Difficulty falling asleep at night.
- Awakening during the night.
- Poor quality of sleep. Waking up too early in the morning.
- Not feeling well rested after a night’s sleep.
- Daytime tiredness or sleepiness.
- Irritability, depression or anxiety.
- Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering.
- Tension headaches.
- Distress in the stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal tract).
Types of insomnia:
Acute insomnia is more common than chronic insomnia: This type of insomnia lasts for a short time – from several nights up to three weeks – and goes away on its on without treatment.
Chronic Insomnia: Insomnia that lasts more than three weeks is classified as chronic insomnia. Nearly 1 in 10 people have chronic insomnia, which often requires some form of treatment to go away.
If you think you may have insomnia, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you wake up during the night and find that you cannot fall back asleep?
- Do you lie in bed, tossing and turning for hours each night?
- Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed after sleeping?
- Does the problem occur even though you have the opportunity and the time to get a good night’s sleep?
If the answer to most of these questions is “yes”, then you might have insomnia.
If it is hard for you to function during the day, see your doctor to determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem and how it can be treated.
What kind of troubles do you experience during the night? Share with us in the comments bellow.
PS: Turn off your computer at night and go to sleep 🙂