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Insomnia (Sleepless Nights)

Insomnia: Putting It All Together

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:13

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to insomnia.

  • Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which individuals experience poor sleep or have trouble sleeping.
  • Poor sleep for any length of time can lead to mood disturbances, lack of motivation, decreased attention span, trouble with concentration, low levels of energy, and increased fatigue.
  • Factors that increase a person's chances of developing insomnia include being female, being elderly, having certain medical conditions, taking certain medications, having had childhood fears, and having a lifestyle that includes frequent travel, smoking, or overuse of alcohol or caffeine.
  • Insomnia has psychological causes (such as anxiety or depression), physical causes (such as illness or pain), and other causes (such as jet lag or environmental noise).
  • The consequences of insomnia include impaired mental functioning, a higher risk for accidents, stress and depression, heart disease, and headaches.
  • Treatment options for insomnia include physical and mental relaxation techniques, other techniques (such as yoga, massage, or meditation), and medications (over-the-counter or prescription).
  • Prevention of sleeplessness is very much dependent on your ability to relax and learn techniques for sleeping well.

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