INSOMNIA11
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • General tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration or memory

Wakeel Murad11Mr. Wakeel Murad is a Clinical Addiction Counselor and he has over 20 years of counseling experience helping individuals and their families handle various addictions and other serious mental health issues. These conditions can also be co-occurring and significantly impair an individual's life as well as those around them.

Editor: Samreen Masud


CAUSES OF INSOMNIA

  • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
  • Illness
  • Emotional or physical discomfort
  • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
  • Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep
  • Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Pain or discomfort at night

DIAGNOSING INSOMNIA

If you think you have insomnia, talk to your health care provider. An evaluation may include a physical exam, a medical history, and a sleep history. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary for a week or two, keeping track of your sleep patterns and how you feel during the day. Your health care provider may want to interview your bed partner about the quantity and quality of your sleep. In some cases, you may be referred to a sleep center for special tests.

 

 

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