Insomnia is a prolonged inability to fall asleep. Insomnia is a common disorder that can affect people of all ages. The affects of Insomnia can last for varying amounts of time. Usually the effects of Insomnia last for only a few nights; however, it is possible for the symptoms to continue for months and even years. There are several different intensities or types of Insomnia.
- Transient Insomnia – sleepless nights lasting for only a few nights here and there.
- Short-term Insomnia – sleepless nights lasting for two or three weeks at a time.
- Chronic Insomnia – sleepless nights lasting three weeks or longer.
Chronic insomnia is a disease. The consequences of Chronic Insomnia can be very serious and long lasting. You need to have a clear understanding of the importance of quality sleep. The body performs life sustaining and very vital activities during the various sleep cycles. It is imperative that your body receive adequate sleep. Consider the following causes of and contributing factors to Insomnia:
- Psychiatric problems
- Persistent stress
- Use of stimulants or alcohol
- A lack of exercise
- Excessive noise or light
- Certain physical illnesses
- Physical pain
- Health problems
- Poor nutrition
- Certain foods
- Poor exercise
- Too much exercise close to bedtime
If your sleep has been disturbed for more than a few weeks and interferes with your ability to function normally during the day, consult your physician or make an appointment at an accredited sleep disorder clinic in your area. Signs that you should see a doctor right away include the following
- Decreased work productivity
- Increased accidents
- Poor concentration
- Short or long-term memory loss