Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.
How much sleep is enough varies from person to person, but most adults need seven to eight hours a night.
At some point, many adults experience short-term (acute) insomnia, which lasts for days or weeks. It’s usually the result of stress or a traumatic event. But some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia that lasts for a month or more. Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be associated with other medical conditions or medications.
You don’t have to put up with sleepless nights. Simple changes in your daily habits can often help.
Insomnia symptoms may include:
Difficulty falling asleep at night
Waking up during the night and not being able to go back to sleep
Waking up too early
Not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep
Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
Irritability, depression or anxiety
Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering things
Increased errors or accidents
Ongoing worries about sleep
Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be associated with other conditions such as depression and others. To help prevent it, try to develop a sleep pattern where you g to bed at a particular time and wake up at a particular time every day or try a soothing activity such as reading a book or listening to music before you sleep. Stay away from caffeine and if it’s really bad, you could go see a doctor and get some sleeping tablets prescribed!