Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Can't Sleep? Maybe you have INSOMNIA

What is insomnia?

30 percent of adults complain of insomnia. Insomnia (sleeplessness) is a sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep.This disorder is defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "Do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?"
                                                                                    

 Symptoms

Insomnia symptoms may include:                
· 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

There are two 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.


 Self-Tests

If you think you may have insomnia, ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Do you wake up during the night and find that you cannot fall back asleep?
  2. Do you lie in bed, tossing and turning for hours each night?
  3. Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed after sleeping?
  4. Does the problem occur even though you have the opportunity and the time to get a good night’s sleep?
If insomnia makes it 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. 



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