What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder where people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both leading to non-restorative sleep.
What are the different types of insomnia?
Insomnia can be classified based on the cause and duration. Based on the duration, it can be called Acute and Chronic and based on the cause, primary and secondary.
What is acute Insomnia?
Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. Acute insomnia lasts for days or weeks.
What is chronic insomnia?
Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, which means they are the symptom or side effect of some other problem.
What causes secondary insomnia?
Certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances can cause secondary insomnia.
What is primary insomnia?
Primary insomnia isn’t due to medical problems, medicines, or other substances. Many life changes can trigger primary insomnia, including long-lasting stress and emotional upset.
What are the symptoms of insomnia?
Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. You may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning, and remembering. These problems can prevent you from doing your best at work or school.
How do you treat insomnia?
Treating the underlying cause of secondary insomnia may resolve or improve the sleep problem, especially if you can correct the problem soon after it starts. For example, if caffeine is causing your insomnia, stopping or limiting your intake of the substance might make the insomnia go away.
Lifestyle changes, including better sleep habits, often help relieve acute insomnia. For chronic insomnia, your doctor may recommend medicines or cognitive-behavioral therapy.
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