Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported sleep disorders as it affects as many as 35% of adults. Anyone can go through this sleeping disorder, but one study shows that it affects more women than men. Many of us have experienced brief periods of insomnia at some point in our lives. Our insomnia counselling and therapy experts know what to do,, to ensure you finally get a great nights sleep.
Almost everyone knows what it feels like to be wide-awake staring at the ceiling and hoping for sleep. We will help you understand the symptoms and effects of insomnia so you can finally get a good night’s sleep.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a type of sleeping disorder that can make it difficult for a person to fall asleep and not feeling rested after the habitual sleep episode, which results in daytime impairment. The condition can either be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Acute insomnia typically lasts from one night to a few weeks, while chronic insomnia could last for months.
It can also be classified based on the underlying health issues of a person. Primary insomnia is when a person is having sleep problems that are not directly linked with any other health issue or condition. On the other hand, secondary or also known as co-morbid insomnia occurs when a person is having sleep problems because of underlying health problems, medications or substance they are taking, etc.
People who experience insomnia usually experience at least one of the following symptoms:
- Waking up at night
- Waking up feeling tired
- Having troubles falling asleep
- Irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Hard to focus or pay attention to a task.
These symptoms can lead to other health issues, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating on tasks during the day. If you find yourself having difficulty going to sleep, waking in the middle of the night without being able to get back to sleep, or waking earlier than usual but still feeling tired and un-rested throughout the day, chances are you’re might be experiencing night terrors.
Sleep Problems & Insomnia Effects
The effects of insomnia can vary significantly depending on its severity, cause, and how it is influenced by underlying health conditions, which creates a complex chain of cause and effect for the sleep disorder.
According to the National Institute of Health, sleep deprivation can increase a person’s risk for mental health problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, ages the skin, weak immune system, shortened life expectancy, and more.
Studies have shown that poor-quality sleep also leads to serious road accidents and injuries on the job. In fact, according to Science Daily, people who have slept for less than seven hours have higher offs of being involved in motor or vehicle accidents.
What Can You Do?
If insomnia makes it difficult for you to function well, My Family Psychologist can help you identify the cause of your sleeping issues and teach you how to manage and deal with this issue.
If you need help to finally get that good nights sleep you can call us direct on 07801 079555, email us at email@example.com or fill in our online contact form and we will be there to help.