Insomnia Sleep Disorder The Effects

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1 : INSOMNIA By Mitchell Jackson
2 : What is Insomnia Insomnia is a condition in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. Some people with insomnia may fall asleep easily but wake up too soon. Other people may have the opposite problem, or they have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. The end result is poor–quality sleep that doesn't leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
3 : TYPES OF INSOMNIA There are two types of insomnia. Primary Insomnia Secondary Insomnia (most common)
4 : SECONDARY INSOMNIA More than 8 out of 10 people with insomnia are believed to have secondary insomnia. Secondary means that the insomnia is a symptom or a side–effect of some other problem.
5 : CUASES OF SECONDARY Certain illnesses, such as some heart and lung diseases Pain, anxiety, and depression Medicines that delay or disrupt sleep as a side–effect Caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and other substances that affect sleep Another sleep disorder, such as restless legs syndrome; a poor sleep environment; or a change in sleep routine
6 : PRIMARY INSOMNIA Primary insomnia is not due to another medical or emotional condition and typically occurs for periods of at least 1 month. Whether some people are born with a greater chance of having insomnia is not clear yet.
7 : CAUSES OF PRIMARY A number of life changes can trigger primary insomnia, including: Major or long–lasting stress and emotional upset Travel or other factors such as work schedules that disrupt your sleep routine Even after these causes go away, the insomnia might stay. Trouble sleeping may persist because of habits formed to deal with the lack of sleep. These habits include: taking naps, worrying about sleep, or going to bed early.
8 : WHO IS AT RISK Insomnia is a common disorder. 1 in 3 adults occasionally has insomnia. 1 in 10 adults has chronic insomnia. Insomnia affects women more often than men, and it can occur at any age. However, older adults are more likely to have insomnia than younger people. People especially prone to insomnia include those who are: Under a lot of stress Depressed or who have other emotional distress Working at night or having frequent major shifts in their work hours Traveling long distances with time changes (jet lag)
9 : SIGN & SYMPTOMS The main symptom of insomnia is trouble falling and/or staying asleep, which leads to lack of sleep. This lack of sleep can cause others symptoms, such as: Waking up feeling tired or not well rested Feeling tired or very sleepy during the day Having trouble focusing on tasks Feeling anxious, depressed, and/or irritable
10 : DIAGNOSE Your doctor will usually diagnose insomnia based on your medical history, sleep history, a physical exam, and a sleep study if the cause of your insomnia is unclear. Physical Exam You may need to take blood tests to check for thyroid problems or other conditions that can cause sleep problems. Sleep Study (Polysomnogram) A polysomnogram is a recording of your breathing, movements, heart function, and brain activity during sleep. For this study, you sleep overnight at a special sleep center. Your doctor usually will recommend a sleep study if you have signs of another sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.
11 : TREATMENT Making lifestyle changes that make it easier to fall asleep and/or stay asleep can often relieve insomnia. For longer lasting insomnia, a type of counseling called cognitive–behavioral therapy can help relieve the anxiety linked to your sleep problem. Anxiety tends to prolong the insomnia. Several medicines also can help relieve insomnia and re–establish a regular sleep schedule.
12 : OVERVIEW Insomnia is a common problem. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. Long–term insomnia can cause you to feel depressed or irritable; have trouble paying attention, learning, and remembering; and not do your best on the job or at school. Insomnia also can limit the energy you have to spend with friends or family. Insomnia can be mild to severe depending on how often it occurs and for how long. Chronic insomnia means having symptoms at least 3 nights per week for more than a month. Insomnia that lasts for less time is known as short–term or acute insomnia.
13 : References: AmericanMedicalAssociation
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