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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a serious sleep disorder. It can mean the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night, or the tendency to wake too early before having gotten enough sleep. Insomnia is often used to describe the condition of waking up not feeling well-rested or restored, and is the most common reported sleep disorder among Americans.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, between 30 and 40 percent of adults say they experience some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the majority of Americans experience difficulty sleeping at least once a month.

Insomnia can range from mild to severe, acute (short-term sleeplessness) or chronic (insomnia that lasts for longer than a month), and can be a stand-alone disorder or a symptom of some other disease or condition, such as stress, drug use, or other health problems. People with insomnia often have day-time symptoms related to exhaustion, such as fatigue and decreased mental clarity.

Types of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia: primary and secondary.

Primary Insomnia

Primary insomnia refers to sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition. It isn’t a symptom or side-effect of another medical issue, but is its own disorder. This type of insomnia usually lasts for at least a month, and is thought to be caused by extreme life-changes, such as ongoing emotional stress and trauma.

Secondary Insomnia

Secondary insomnia is a symptom or side-effect of another emotional or physical problem, and is the most common type of insomnia. Health conditions such as depression or arthritis, certain medications, the use of alcohol and other drugs, or ongoing stress can all cause secondary insomnia. Stress-induced insomnia is the most common form of secondary insomnia, accounting for half of all those who’ve reported having symptoms of insomnia.

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Possible Causes - Listed in order from the most common to the least.

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AIDS

HIV causes progressive failure of the immune system, making the body far more susceptible to infections and cancer.

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Anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety often manifests itself as an apprehension about daily life. Learn the basics with this overview of the types of anxiety disorders.

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Dysthymia

Dysthymia is chronic depression with recurring symptoms of sadness and hopelessness lasting for several years. It is not characterized by acute depressive episodes but by an ongoing depressed feeling. Dysthymia is mos...

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, worry uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations. The condition may also be called chronic anxiety neurosis.GAD is different than normal feeling...

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood, from mania to depression. In mania, a person may feel extremely excited, impulsive, euphoric, and full of energy. Depression might brin...

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Acute Stress Disorder

In the weeks after a traumatic event, you may develop an anxiety disorder called acute stress disorder (ASD). ASD typically occurs within one month of a traumatic event. It lasts at least two days and up to one month...

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Snoring

Snoring is an annoying but common phenomenon. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO), up to 45 percent of American adults snore and 25 percent do so on a regular basis. (AAO). Snoring is more commo...

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Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process in women that marks the permanent end of menstruation and fertility. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness or pain, and frequent urination are signs.

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Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the technical name for teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Learn why people grind their teeth (stress, misaligned teeth, posture) and explore information about the symptoms and treatments for bruxism now.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Alcohol withdrawal delirium (AWD) is the most serious form of alcohol withdrawal. It causes sudden and severe problems in your brain and nervous system. Approximately five percent of hospital patients being treated fo...

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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the name for the symptoms that occur when a heavy drinker suddenly stops or significantly reduces their alcohol intake. With AWS, you may feel mild anxiety and fatigue. You may als...

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects as many as 13 percent of new mothers. In the U.S., that's half a million women. Learn about symptoms, causes, risks, and more.

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Dementia Overview

Dementia is a loss of brain function caused by certain diseases. Alzheimer's, Lewy Body & vascular dementia - symptoms of short term memory loss & cognitive impairment

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Nicotine Dependence

Nicotine addiction occurs when a person becomes addicted to nicotine, which is a chemical found in tobacco. The addiction is physical, mental, and behavioral.

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Graves' Disease

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disorder. It causes hyperthyroidism, which occurs if the thyroid gland creates too much thyroid hormone in the body. Graves' disease is one of the most common forms of hyperthyroidism.I...

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Acute Mountain Sickness

Hikers, skiers and adventurers who travel to high altitudes can sometimes develop acute mountain sickness, also referred to as altitude sickness or high altitude pulmonary edema. It typically occurs at about 8,000 fee...

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Disorder of sleep-wake cycle

Most people go to bed at night and sleep until morning. People with irregular sleep-wake syndrome experience disrupted sleep that is often unstructured and broken. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

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Post Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome, or post-concussive syndrome (PCS), refers to the lingering symptoms following a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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