Insomnia can affect every aspect of your waking life from eliminating your energy levels to wreaking havoc on your energy levels, performance at work or overall quality of life. For individuals with insomnia, it can seem impossible to fall asleep or stay asleep. And, although these may be classical signs of insomnia, individuals that wake up too early and can’t fall back asleep may also be suffering from this sleep disorder. In this article, we will explore the signs and symptoms associated with insomnia to help determine if it could potentially be the cause of extended sleeplessness.
Many adults will experience some form of short-term or acute insomnia throughout their lifetime. This period of sleeplessness may last from anywhere between a few days to several weeks due to stress or some other traumatic event that has occurred. However, for those with long term insomnia that lasts a month or more, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition or medication interaction. When individuals can identify the signs and symptoms associated with insomnia, they can then seek treatment before the condition gets worse.
Causes of Insomnia
In many cases, insomnia is triggered by stressful life events or other habits that may make it hard to achieve restful sleep. While treating the underlying cause of insomnia can often be beneficial, it may take years before the signs and symptoms of insomnia dissipate. But aside from stress and other underlying medical conditions that may be going untreated, individuals may be surprised to learn that there are a few other key root causes of insomnia that may be contributing to the risk factor of developing this sleep disorder.
Other factors that may cause or contribute to insomnia in individuals include common issues that society faces regularly, such as maintaining irregular bedtimes to finish one more episode of a show or scroll through a social media feed a little longer. Additionally, common factors like traveling for work can disrupt the circadian rhythms of the body and make it hard to adjust to a normal sleep-wake cycle. But what is even more interesting is that eating too much food late at night or indulging in bedtime snacks can also keep individuals awake.
Symptoms of Insomnia
While the most common sign of insomnia is the inability to fall asleep at night, other symptoms may be present for most individuals. This will often include a feeling of fatigue or restlessness upon waking or excessive daytime sleepiness. Some individuals will also become irritable, feel depressed, find it difficult to pay attention or will experience prolonged periods of anxiety. Unfortunately, worrying about not being able to sleep could further exacerbate the problem for some individuals.
Anyone that suspects they may be suffering from insomnia is encouraged to reach out to a medical professional to see if the root cause of the problem can be identified and treated. If the doctor believes that an underlying sleep disorder may be causing symptoms of insomnia, additional testing through a sleep center may be required to achieve a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis of insomnia is given, the individual will then be able to determine what steps or treatment options will work best for their individual needs.
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