Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that prevents people from falling asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia is very common and happens to 30-40% of the human population. It is a symptom, but not a huge medical condition. Insomnia is a way that your body can show that something is wrong with you.

Insomnia is only considered a problem if it interferes in your life. For example, if you wake feeling unrefreshed or find yourself dozing during the day, you might want to look into it more. However, it is normal that you get less and less sleep as you age.

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Insomnia is usually the result of:

  • air travel, especially when travelling from west to east (jet lag)
  • anxiety or depression
  • medical conditions such as reflux, prostate enlargement, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke
  • medications such as decongestants, stimulants (e.g., methylphenidate*) and some antidepressants
  • nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol
  • not being active enough during the day
  • pain from arthritis or other medical conditions
  • poor sleep habits
  • shift work
  • sleep problems such as sleep apnea
  • stress caused by work, family life, death or illness of a family member or friend, or financial difficulties
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2 Responses to Insomnia?

  1. Rowena403 says:

    This must suck… I can’t imagine living with insomnia

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