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Insomnia The Most Common Sleep Disorder

Insomnia is a sleep condition at one point or another you are probably going to suffer from it. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders that affects about one third of the American population. But what is insomnia? According to sleep doctor’s insomnia is the difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep at night. Which pretty much can affect anyone at some point in time, if you are just having a day or two without sleep you are suffering from Acute Insomnia. If you are suffering from Insomnia for a couple weeks or more then you have Chronic Insomnia by this point it is recommend to consults with a sleep doctor or seek treatment.



Symptoms of Insomnia



Other than not being able to fall asleep there is other symptoms that are associated with people suffering from Insomnia.

  • Fatigue – Excess Sleepiness throughout the day
  • Unrefreshed – Waking up in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept at all
  • Mood – You become easy irritable, aggressive or can be impulsive.
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased Performance from physical activity to work
  • Accident Prone – due to lack of concentration.


Types of Insomnia

Acute Insomnia


Is a brief form of insomnia that affects you over a short period of time. Normally Acute Insomnia is brought on by anxiety or stress. For example, bad news about a death in the family or stress from work. Normally once the stress passes the suffer should be able to get back to sleep on their regular sleeping schedule. Acute insomnia can lead to chronic insomnia in time if the stress levels persist.


Chronic Insomnia


Chronic insomnia is when your sleep is disrupted on a regular basis for a long period of time normally about a month or at least 3 times a week that last up to 3 months. Chronic insomnia has more causes then just stress and anxiety even thou those can still be the cause. Chronic insomnia can be brought about by unhealthy sleeping habits, changes in the environment, shift work and medication.



Treatment for Insomnia


Treatment for insomnia can include behavioral, psychological, medication or combination of them all. If you are a suffering from Insomnia for a long period of time it is best to consult a doctor. Doctors will be able to better evaluate the root cause of the insomnia and proscribe a treatment plan. Since Chronic Insomnia can be cause by a number of issues this is the best plan of action. If you are suffering from short term or acute insomnia then this is little a doctor can do this should past in a matter of time.



Insomnia Facts


  • Insomnia is one of the most common forms of sleep disorder with reports of almost 50% of the adult population suffering from some form of insomnia at one point in their lives. Most people will only suffer from Acute insomnia.
  • Chronic Insomnia is a little less likely but still 10% of people.
  • Women are more likely to have Insomnia then Men.
  • People who use Alcohol are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
  • Adults suffer from insomnia more than children.
  • Adults who have children are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
  • Elderly are most likely to form some sort of insomnia this is most likely due to the change in their circadian rhythm as we age.

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