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INSOMNIA: Know Why You Find It Difficult To Sleep At Night

Insomnia is a kind of sleep disorder. People who have this disorder find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Individuals with this condition usually do not feel rejuvenated when they wake up from sleep. This results to fatigue and other symptoms.

Insomnia is most common of all the sleep disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

It is said that about one-third of all adults report symptoms of insomnia. About six to ten percent of all adults have symptoms serious enough for them to be diagnosed with insomnia disorder.

The American Psychiatric Association, APA defines insomnia as a disorder in which people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Doctors will make a clinical diagnosis of insomnia if both of these criteria apply:

-Sleeping difficulties happening at least three nights a week for a minimum of 3 month period.

-Sleeping difficulties causing major distress or functional problems in the life on an individual.

Causes of Insomnia

What causes insomnia will depend on the kind of sleeplessness you experience.

Short-term or severe insomnia, may be caused by the following:


-A traumatic event

-Changes to your sleep habits- sleeping in a hotel or a new apartment

-Physical pain

-Jet lag

-Some Medications

Chronic insomnia can last for about three months and it can be primary or secondary. Primary insomnia does not have a known cause while secondary insomnia happens with another condition that may include:

-medical conditions that make it harder to sleep, such as arthritis or back pain

-psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression

-substance use

-sleep apnea


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APA American Psychiatric Association


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