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Have Insomnia?

Get the sleep you need, and don’t remain a victim to sleepless nights and to Insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that involves trouble falling asleep and in some cases difficulty staying asleep. If you find yourself waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and feeling tired upon waking you are experiencing symptoms of Insomnia. Whether you are experiencing one or all of these symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor and get help for your Insomnia.

There are two types of Insomnia: primary and secondary. Primary Insomnia is when you are experiencing sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary Insomnia is when you are having trouble sleeping because of something else such as; a health condition, pain, and/or medication and using some substances.*

It is imperative that you are open and honest with your physician when explaining your medical history, sleep history, routines, and habits. By doing this, your doctor can better assist you in helping you attain the relief you need. People who have insomnia don’t feel as if they get enough sleep at night. Insomnia is a problem if it affects your daytime activities.

Insomnia has many possible causes, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, circadian rhythm disorders (such as jet lag), and taking certain medications.* The leading cause for Insomnia is stress, however. Whether work, family, financial, or personal issues, if you have a problem that’s causing you stress it could be having a severe effect on your sleep. If you are prone to stress, then you are more likely to suffer from insomnia.

You don’t have to put up with sleepless nights, and simple changes in your daily habits can help. Insomnia is a disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or both. With insomnia, you usually awaken not feeling refreshed, taking a toll on your ability to function throughout the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.* Many adults experience insomnia at some point, but some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia.

How much sleep is enough varies depending on the individual; although, it is recommended that most adults need seven to eight hours a night. If insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day, see your doctor to determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem and how it can be treated. Source: Chanin M.D., Louis R. (2012, July 29). An Overview of Insomnia. WebMD.com. Retrieved on July 28, 2013, http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes

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