What is Insomnia

Many of us have probably heard of insomnia or have or know someone who has suffered from it. It is classified as the inability to sleep or not sleeping long enough to actually get a restful night out of it.

What is Insomnia

There are many individuals who suffer from insomnia. You may feel that you have it if you have trouble sleeping occasionally but the truth is insomnia is something that happens most nights or every night not just on occasion.

When you haven’t received enough sleep you may feel grouchy, irritable and moody and, of course, extremely exhausted. Everyone will need a certain amount of sleep depending on different factors. One person may require seven hours of sleep a night in order to feel well rested and ready to face the day and someone else may require nine. Children often require much more sleep than adults. They may need up to nine or ten hours of sleep in a night and babies typically need about 17 hours of sleep. There are various types of insomnia such as primary insomnia. This is where there doesn’t seem to be any medical reason for the inability to sleep properly. This can be an extremely frustrating type of insomnia. There is also secondary insomnia and this is typically related to a medical reason that causes us to not be able to sleep properly. There are many medical conditions that can lead to lack of sleep such as pain when laying or sitting down or even sleep apnea or something similar.

Many of us get confused about insomnia. Staying up late at night to watch our favorite TV shows and to play video games doesn’t necessary classify us as having insomnia especially if we’re able to catch up on your sleep at other parts or times of the day. Sleeping patterns are not necessarily insomnia. Many individuals sleep during the day and stay up late at night. The inability to fall asleep night after night and the inability to stay asleep for any real length of time is what classifies insomnia.  If you feel that you may be suffering from insomnia you may want to consult your physician. They can help by asking questions and further probing into the problem. They may be able to recommend a sleep aid to help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer.

Keep in mind that while medications do help some individuals it’s not a cure all for everyone!

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