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.
- 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.
- 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.