What are the symptoms of insomnia?

by Bryan Dewhurst on November 23, 2019

You must have heard people say that they had a terrible time sleeping last night, but imagine if it were like that every night, month after month. Although symptoms can differ, the main symptom of insomnia is when you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. This has to happen over a period of at least one month to be considered chronic.

Chronic insomnia can be dangerous too, not just for your health but for many other reasons. Consider these, stress, depression, and mental illness, which can either be the reason for or the result of insomnia.

The daytime symptoms that are sometimes associated with insomnia can also be of great concern as the insomniac will have a very low ability to concentrate, which can be dangerous depending on what type of job that you have.

Motor coordination is usually impaired; there is a visible inability to interact socially and an increased risk of being involved in a car accident.

Chronic insomnia can affect each and every part of your day. You might not be able to perform adequately at work or in any part of your life in general. You are constantly tired and fatigued.

This, in turn, affects your personality and your overall judgment. Insomnia can be classified into three different groups: transient which can last for only a few nights, intermittent which includes episodes of insomnia, and chronic which is if you have experienced insomnia on most nights for at least one month. Thus, this is extremely dangerous when it comes to your health and emotional well-being.

Some symptoms of insomnia can include:

trouble falling asleep, experiencing restless and sleepless nights, in which you wake up often throughout the night and then have trouble going back to sleep, waking up way too early in the morning, and feeling fatigued and unrefreshed when you do wake up. Most of us want to know what we are doing wrong and why it is that we are having this difficulty.

The answer though is that there are many, many different factors that could be blamed on stress, anxiety, and depression. However, you should see a doctor in case there are any medical related problems that are causing your insomnia. There is never a time for assumption when it comes to your health and well-being.

The list is quite long and those are not the only causes, they are just the main ones. Often we just need to reduce our intake of caffeine, too much alcohol, nap times during the day, make changes in our surroundings and sleep schedule, noise, and in particular, medication. Insomnia statistics are actually quite surprising as about half of all Americans face or will face some form of insomnia throughout their lifetime.

So if it becomes clear that more than just a few nights have passed and you have not gotten a full night’s sleep, then it is time to address this issue before it goes out of control. This should be done before you or your loved ones have to suffer.

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