By: James Fryman

What is it?

Accoring to American Psychological Association’s DSM-5, Insomnia is "a lack of sleep due to insufficient sleep quality or quantity."

Insomnia is one of many sleep-wake disorders

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Symptoms, causes, and treatments?

Symptoms of Insomnia are basically the effects of not getting enough sleep. So things such as fatigue or daytime tiredness.

Causes of Insomnia are rather basic. Things such as stress, pain, Anxiety, depression and many other things, even allergies or Asthma.

Insomnia doesn't have one set "cure" but rather has treatments. Since so many things can contribute to Insomnia not just one treatment exists. If stress is causing you to have sleep troubles, then attacking the root cause of said stress could help your Insomnia.

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How common and who does it effect?

Insomnia is very common with around 3 million people getting diagnosed per year in the US.

Insomnia can affect anyone! It is not specific to one ethnic group because it can affect anyone that sleeps. Although it is far less common in children from ages 1-13.

Females are actually 1.4 times more likely to suffer from insomnia over males. This is mainly because of hormonal changes during the menstruation cycle, which affects their sleep patterns.

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Bill Clinton and Insomnia

Clinton said that he lived off of 5 hours of sleep for a long time. He is trying to work on getting more rest after he suffered a heart attack that he claims was partly due to fatigue.

Clinton also said "Every important mistake I've made in my life, I've made because I was too tired."