Insomnia Sleep Disorder

What is Insomnia?

Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep - commonly termed insomnia - affects one in three American adults. If you suffer from insomnia, its cycle is likely to disturb both your sleeping AND your waking hours. When you suffer from insomnia, you're likely to feel sleepy during the day and have trouble concentrating on tasks because of a poor night's sleep.

Who Does Insomnia Affect?

Insomnia afflicts people of all ages, most often for just a night or two, but sometimes for weeks, months, or even years. Understanding insomnia presents an interesting puzzle: It's clear that trouble sleeping at night can make you sleepy during the day, but why can't you fall asleep easily at bedtime or sleep through the night? Recent advances in understanding both the day and night components of insomnia are making it possible for healthcare providers to help most troubled sleepers.

Types of Insomnia

Transient insomnia
Transient insomnia is an inability to sleep well over a period of a few nights. This type of insomnia is usually brought on by excitement or stress.
Short-term insomnia
Periods of ongoing stress at work or at home can result in two or three weeks of poor sleep.
Chronic insomnia
More than 35 million Americans complain of chronic insomnia; poor sleep every night or most nights.

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