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Insomnia is a persistent sleep problem that occurs even though you have the opportunity to get a full night of sleep. Common insomnia complaints include:

Difculty falling asleep

Difculty staying asleep during the night

Waking up earlier than desired

KEY POINTS

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep problems.

About 15 to 20% of people have a short-term insomnia disorder.

Brief insomnia symptoms occur in 30 to 35% of people.

Chronic insomnia disorder occurs in about 10% of people.

Insomnia can be treated effectively.

Am I at Risk ?

Common causes of insomnia include stress, pain, depression, anxiety and other sleep disorders. Insomnia also can result from bad sleep habits such as daytime napping or using electronic devices in bed. Medications can cause insomnia as a side-effect. Substances such as caffeine, alcohol and tobacco also can disrupt your sleep.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

People who have insomnia struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. The negative effects of insomnia include fatigue, lack of energy and moodiness. You may have trouble concentrating at school or work. You also may feel concerned or frustrated about your sleep. There are two types of insomnia. They are defined by how long you have had the problem:
To diagnose insomnia, your doctor will talk to you about your sleep habits and medical history. You also may need to complete questionnaires or keep a sleep diary. A sleep study is not needed to diagnose insomnia.

TREATMENTS

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the most effective, long-term treatment for chronic insomnia. CBT-I teaches you to change negative thoughts and attitudes about sleep. You also develop relaxation skills and learn how to change behaviors that interfere with sleep.
Sleeping pills are a short-term treatment option for insomnia. Like all medications, these drugs can cause a variety of side-effects. You should take a sleeping pill only when supervised by a doctor.
Treatment for insomnia also may involve treating an underlying medical problem, such as chronic pain. Changing medications or getting help from a counselor may improve your sleep. Over-the-counter “sleep aids” are not recommended for the treatment of chronic insomnia. These include antihistamines and herbal supplements. There has not been enough research to show that they are safe and effective.

Tips

Good sleep habits can help you sleep better. Tips to help you reduce symptoms of insomnia include:

Go to bed when you feel sleepy and wake up at the same time each day.

Avoid daytime naps.

Obtain and maintain a healthy body weight.

Exercise each day at a pace that feels comfortable.

Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening and alcohol before bedtime.

Turn off any electronics at least an hour before bed.

Follow a soothing bedtime routine that helps you relax.

Set aside a period of time each day to think about any concerns or worries.

Next Steps

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: CONTENT DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE

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