Insomnia: Other names: sleeplessness, hyposomnia, insomniac, wakefulness, sleep difficulty, dyssomnia, difficulty in sleeping, sleep deprivation, sleep disturbance.
Insomnia is a disorder in which you experience difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep. Due to this lack of sleep you often awaken feeling un-refreshed which affects your ability to function during the day. Insomnia affects your energy level, mood, general health, work performance and quality of life. The amount of sufficient time asleep varies from person to person however, most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Insomnia is characterized as follows:
Some causes of insomnia are:
See your doctor if insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day. This list will help you determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem as well as explore treatments. To prepare for your appointment think about the following:
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