Insomnia 101

Most common sleep complaint: INSOMNIA  You have trouble falling asleep / staying asleep. The causes, symptoms and severity of insomnia vary from person to person.

Insomnia involves both a sleep disturbance and daytime symptoms. Affecting numerous facets of your life, studies show that insomnia negatively impacts work performance, impairs decision-making and can damage relationships. It is very common for people with insomnia to report a worse overall quality of life.

Anyone can have the off-night of poor sleep. BUT= As many as 30 to 35 percent of adults complain of insomnia. More common with older adults, women, people under stress and people with certain medical and mental health problems such as depression.

There are two types of insomnia based on the regularity and duration of the sleep disturbance and daytime symptoms:

Short-term insomnia: This type of brief insomnia lasts for up to three months. It occurs in 15 to 20 percent of people. Treatable with stress reduction and non-prescription remedies.

Chronic insomnia: This type of insomnia occurs at least three times per week and lasts for at least three months. About 10 percent of people have chronic insomnia. This type must not be ignored. A board certified sleep medicine physician diagnoses chronic insomnia. The sleep team at an accredited sleep center can provide ongoing care.