WHAT IS INSOMNIA?
Insomnia is a symptom in which one experiences difficulty in initiating sleep or maintaining sleep, or waking up in early in the morning without the ability to return to sleep.
It can be associated with fatigue, daytime sleepiness, impaired concentration and performance during the day.
HOW Does INSOMNIA OCCUR?
Insomnia Is one of the most common symptoms presented by patients to providers. Certain individual factors are associated with an increased risk of insomnia. Examples include – older age, female sex especially the peri-and post-menopausal period), predisposition towards being easily aroused from sleep, and propensity for exaggerated sleep disruption in response to stressful events.
“WHY” IS INSOMNIA IMPORTANT FOR YOU?
Insomnia could be associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment (memory issues), decreased quality of life, and degraded performance. Also, it could be related to an undiagnosed medical condition such as sleep apnea, or increase the risk of medical issues such as hypertension. It could also be associated with underlying conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, to name a few.
Be sure to talk with your medical provider about your symptoms if this is an issue for you.