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Bigger Concerns for Insomnia Sufferers

istock_000007980637xsmallInsomnia is defined by emedicinehealth.com as a difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep. Most people will experience some form of insomnia at some point in their life.

Insomnia is classified by the length of time you suffer from the problem. If you have a problem sleeping for more than one week before the problem subsides you have transient insomnia. If it lasts for from one to three weeks it is considered short-term insomnia and sleep problems lasting for three weeks or more is a chronic insomnia.
While transient and short-term insomnia is usually triggered by outside issues such as a stressful situations, jet lag, shift work or even an uncomfortable room temperature, chronic stress can be a sign of much bigger issues. Someone with chronic insomnia could have underlying psychiatric or physiological (medical) problems that need to be addressed. Some of the psychiatric problems may include things such anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The physiological problems range from chronic pain syndromes such as fibro myalgia to congenitive heart failure and even things such as a brain tumor and trauma to the brain.

Insomnia is not reserved for the middle-aged business person. Although it is found that incidents of insomnia occur more often as we age, it affects people of all age groups and is found to be more common in women than men.

There are some groups which are known to be at higher risk for getting insomnia. People who travel a lot, whether it be for business or pleasure, especially through different time zones are at higher risk to have some insomnia. Also those that work shift work and have frequent shift changes are also at risk. Some students with heavy class loads and even pregnant and menopausal women have reported problems with insomnia.

There are some conditions which have been directly associated with insomnia. Circadian rhythm disorders in which you have a disturbance in your biological clock and periodic limb movement disorder where periodic cramping and jerking of the limbs can disrupt your sleep. These things need to be brought to you doctors attention and once corrected may also alleviate the insomnia as well. Inadequate sleep hygiene is another factor which may be adding to your sleep problems. In this case adjusting you sleep preparation habits could improve your sleep situation. Something as simple as eliminating alcohol directly before bedtime may be all that it takes.

Insomnia is a problem suffered by many. Although it is considered an annoyance it can be much more. Do not let insomnia go on for an extended period of time before you seek medical attention. The problem may be simple or something more serious. Your doctor can help you with this problem and you can be sleeping like a baby again in no time.

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