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The Signs and Symptoms of Insomnia

Have you been finding it exceedingly difficult to fall asleep at night or stay asleep? You may be suffering from some form of insomnia or variety of sleep disorder. If you have insomnia, your lack of sleep can quickly start to disrupt your daily schedule and life. Getting the proper amount of sleep is one of the most important elements in maintaining one’s health.

Now, you could be dealing with a type of sleep disorder, but this doesn’t mean that you have insomnia. Insomniacs tend to struggle with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Can’t fall asleep at night
  • Difficulty staying asleep throughout the night
  • Don’t feel recuperated after a night’s sleep
  • Keep rousing out of sleep too early
  • Feeling exhausted throughout the day
  • Problems staying focused in their life
  • Feeling depressed, anxious, or generally irritable
  • Recurrent tension headaches
  • Accident or error prone
  • Increasing anxiety over sleep
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

If you have developed insomnia, you’re likely not able to fall asleep within a half hour of lying down in bed. After finally falling asleep, insomniacs usually won’t be able to stay asleep for more than six hours on most nights.

Two Types of Insomnia

Over the years, medical professionals have had to distinguish between two types of insomnia: Primary Insomnia and Secondary Insomnia.

  • Primary Insomnia: People are having issues falling and staying asleep, but this is not the result of some underlying health condition or other problem.
  • Secondary Insomnia: People are not able to get enough good quality sleep, because of some other medical condition or issue. These underlying problems could include arthritis pain, depression, heartburn, or chronic pain. Some people may also be taking medication that is disruptive for their natural sleep schedule.

Insomnia also varies in how long it lasts for, and how often it affects a person. Most cases are classified as acute insomnia (short-term) or chronic insomnia (long-term). Some insomniacs can experience periods of remission where they no longer experience any of the typical symptoms followed by periods of more severe sleep issues. The typical case of acute insomnia could last anywhere from one night to several weeks. Someone who has been dealing with insomnia at least three nights a week for a month or more probably has chronic insomnia.

Chronic or Acute Insomnia

If your sleeping issues have started to seriously affect your daily schedule, then you should consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor right away. They can help you determine the underlying cause of these problems, and then take the proper steps to treat your insomnia. If your doctor believes that you might have a sleep disorder, he/she might recommend visiting a sleep center for special testing.