What is insomnia and how can it affect your health and productivity?

Insomnia is probably the best known of the sleep disorders as it affects about one-third of adults – and a significant number of children. Everyone who isn’t affected by insomnia knows someone who is.

 

Insomnia is divided into four types:

  • Difficulty falling asleep.
  • Frequent awakenings with inability to return to sleep.
  • Waking too early with inability to return to sleep.
  • Poor quality, non-restorative sleep.

 

Symptoms include:

  • Low energy, fatigue or daytime sleepiness.
  • Lack of motivation.
  • Attention, concentration or memory problems.
  • Irritability and mood changes.
  • Poor performance at school or work.
  • Distraction while driving or performing other tasks.
  • Increased tension, headaches or body aches.
  • Worry about sleep.
  • Hyperactivity, behavioral issues and stomach aches in children.

 

Effects

Insomnia:

  • Negatively impacts emotional regulation and relationships.
  • Is a known independent risk factor for general anxiety disorder and major depression.
  • Leads to absenteeism and poor work performance.
  • Increases use of medical resources.

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