Insomnia

by Andy, Nick, and Gavin

Insomnia

It is a sleep disorder in which people cannot fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired.


“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
― Leonard Cohen

Symptoms

  • difficulty falling asleep, including difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position.

  • waking during the night and not being able to go back to sleep

  • feeling unrefreshed upon waking

  • daytime sleepiness,irritability, or anxiety.

Common Effects

  • Common in ages over 60

  • causes stress

  • can cause cat naps throughout the day

  • can be caused from a sort of drug in the system
  • Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.

Treatments


  • Therapy

  • sleep medicine

  • surgery if breathing problems continue.

  • Hypnotic medication

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

  • sometimes a nice vacation from everything.

Self Test

  • Can you not fall asleep easily or like you should?

  • Do you have problems staying asleep?

  • Do you have constant awakenings and even more trouble falling back asleep?

  • Are any of the sleep problems caused by Environmental problems?

  • Are you stressed about a job or family issue something that is constantly on your mind?

  • Do you have to take constant naps throughout the day in order to function?

  • What is your age?

  • Do you have a smoke or a cup of coffee before bed?

  • Have you been taking any sleeping pills and for how long?

  • Has this been a recurring action in your history?

  • Are you depressed, suffer from anxiety, schizophrenia, mania?

  • Alcohol history?

  • Are some of your awakenings or all of them caused by constant urination?

  • Do you snore or have trouble breathing?

  • Symptoms of menopause?

  • Are you diagnosed with any of the following Hyperthyroidism, depression, anxiety, manic-depression, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or parkinson’s disease?

Statistics

  • About 70 million people in the U.S. have Insomnia
  • More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress and/or anxiety.
  • Between 40% and 60% of people over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
  • Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.
  • Approximately 35% of insomniacs have a family history of insomnia.
  • 90% of people who suffer depression also experience insomnia.
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