Insomnia is one of several disorders that is often referred to without a full understanding of what sufferers really go through

Insomnia is one of several disorders that is often referred to without a full understanding of what sufferers really go through


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Types of Insomnia

Insomnia is one of several disorders that is often referred to without a full understanding of what

sufferers really go through. Certainly, the inability to sleep when the body needs to sleep can be a

serious problem though actual insomnia is specifically defined and categorized. The distinctions are

based on how long the lack of quality and/or lack of sufficient quantity of sleep lasts.

• Transient Insomnia – A few days to a few weeks

• Acute Insomnia – Several weeks to a few months

• Chronic Insomnia – Several months to several years

Reasons for Insomnia

There are many possible reasons for why someone might be suffering from insomnia. Sometimes these

are easily identifiable but most of the time, a medical health professional will be needed to accurately

identify underlying causes.

• Sleep apnea or other breathing issues – Perhaps the easiest to identify, sleep apnea or

breathing issues are audible and unpleasant for anyone within earshot. The blockage that

causes sleep apnea can be due to several underlying medical conditions such as obesity or

enlarged tonsils

• Physical pain – any number of types of physical pain can cause insomnia but there are certain

types that occur more frequently than others. These are back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.

Sometimes neck and back pain can be relieved with something as simple as replacing the


• Anxiety – When someone spends most of their waking hours worried or anxious about

everything small and big, that doesn’t stop because it’s night time. In fact, anxiety can be at its

worse when someone is trying to sleep because there are fewer distractions.

• Depression – Similar to anxiety, night time provides a combination of factors that can make

depression worse. Most notably, nothing to distract the sufferer from their own thoughts. If

there is any chance that anxiety or depression are the underlying causes of insomnia, the only

answer lies in therapy.

Effects of Insomnia

Obvious effects of insomnia are feeling tired and drowsy during the day time. At night, people suffering

from insomnia will experience long periods of time awake at night or several short periods of sleep

throughout the night. Both of which are likely to result in a feeling of not really having slept at all.

Although anxiety and depression can cause insomnia, they can conversely be symptoms of insomnia as

well. In addition to feeling anxious or depressed, someone may also be noticeably irritable. In a cruel

cycle, if anxiety and depression are preexisting, insomnia can exacerbate the problem.

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What Can I Do?

Especially if the problem has lasted for more than a few days, strongly consider seeking the advice of a

mental health professional. Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine can also negatively affect your ability to fall

asleep or achieve quality sleep. If you abuse these or any other stimulants and are unable to stop on

your own, seek professional help. Exercise several hours before sleep and finding time to unwind in the

moments before you sleep have both shown to improve the quantity and quality of sleep.

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