Insomnia means difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
What is insomnia?
How much sleep is needed?
Most adults need to get seven or more hours of sleep a night to feel rested.
How does insomnia affect you?
Chronic or long-term insomnia makes it difficult to accomplish routine tasks like going to work or school and taking care of yourself.
What are effects of insomnia on a person’s health?
Insomnia can lead to or contribute to the development of other health problems, such as depression, heart disease, and stroke.
What are the different types of insomnia?
What causes primary insomnia?
The exact cause of primary insomnia is unknown.
What causes secondary insomnia?
Conditions that may trigger or happen at the same time as secondary insomnia include:
The most common sleep disorders include:
- Mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neurological (brain) disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
- Conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis
- Conditions that make it hard to breathe, such as asthma and sleep apnea
- Trouble with hormones, including thyroid problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as heartburn
- Other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome (RLS)
- Menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes
- Side effects of medicines, like those to treat cancer, asthma, heart disease, allergies, and colds
How is insomnia diagnosed?
How is insomnia treated?
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