the facts about insomnia...

Insomnia is the perception about inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following: Difficulty falling asleep - Waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep - Waking up too early in the morning...Unrefreshing sleep.

Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep.  Individuals vary normally in their need for and their satisfaction with sleep. Insomnia can be classified as transient (short term), intermittent (on and off) and chronic (constant). Insomnia lasting from a single night to a few weeks is referred to as transient. If episodes of transient insomnia occur from time to time, the insomnia is said to be intermittent. Insomnia is considered to be chronic if it occurs on most nights and lasts a month or more.

Transient and intermittent insomnia generally occur in people who are temporarily experiencing one or more of the following: Stress; Environmental noise; Extreme temperatures; Sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag; Medication side effects.

Chronic insomnia is more complex and often results from a combination of factors, that include: Misuse of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances - Excessive napping in the afternoon or evening - Disrupted sleep/wake cycles as may occur with shift work or other night time activity schedules - and Chronic stress.

Insomnia is found in males and females of all age groups, although it seems to be more common in females (especially after menopause) and in the elderly. The ability to sleep, rather than the need for sleep, appears to decrease with advancing age. 

These factors may prolong existing insomnia and they can also be responsible for causing the sleeping problem in the first place. Stopping these behaviours may eliminate the insomnia altogether.

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