“I don’t think there is anyone else in the world that realises what it is like to be awake at 3am AGAIN, knowing you have a full day ahead of you”
What is insomnia?:
Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder. Individuals with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both.
People with insomnia often don’t feel refreshed when they wake up from sleeping. This can lead to fatigue and other symptoms.
Insomnia is the most common of all sleep disorders, in fact, about one-third of all adults report insomnia symptoms. Between 6 to 10 percent of all adults have symptoms severe enough for them to be diagnosed with insomnia disorder.
The causes of your insomnia will depend on the type of sleeplessness you experience.
Short-term insomnia, or acute insomnia, may be caused by a number of things including:
- An upsetting or traumatic event
- Changes to your sleep habits, like sleeping in a hotel or new home
- Physical pain
- Jet lag
- Certain medications
Chronic insomnia lasts for at least 3 months and can be primary or secondary. Primary insomnia has no known cause. Secondary insomnia occurs with another condition that can include:
- Medical conditions that make it harder to sleep, such as arthritis or back pain
- Psychological issues, such as anxiety or
- Substance use
- Sleep apnoea
Risk Factors For Insomnia:
Insomnia can occur at any age and is more likely to affect women than men, people with certain risk factors are more likely to have insomnia. These risk factors include:
- High levels of stress
- Emotional disorders, such as depression or distress related to a life event
- Lower income
- Traveling to different time zones
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Changes in work hours or working night shifts
Having certain medical conditions, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, can also lead to insomnia. Menopause can lead to insomnia as well.
People who experience insomnia usually report at least one of these symptoms:
- Waking too early in the morning
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
These symptoms of insomnia can lead to other symptoms, including:
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks during the day