Insomnia refers to an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep and can either be a symptom of a behavioral illness or an independently occurring disorder requiring treatment and professional help.
Symptoms of insomnia include general tiredness, excessive sleepiness during the day, irritability and issues with concentration or memory. People with insomnia may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Having trouble staying asleep throughout the night
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking up
There are two types of insomnia – primary and secondary. Primary insomnia means that the person is experiencing problems with sleeping that are not directly related to another behavioral health disorder. Secondary insomnia refers to sleeplessness that occurs due to some other existing health condition, such as depression or substance abuse. Any of the following health conditions may cause someone to experience insomnia:
As with other behavioral health problems, insomnia is better off treated sooner rather than later. There are many routes for the treatment of insomnia that can range from practicing good sleep habits to medication or therapy.
For more information on insomnia or oversleeping, visit WebMD.