All About Insomnia ….The Most Common Sleep Disorder!

by Bonnie Jones
(Denver, Colorado, USA)

Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder experienced by people throughout the world. In fact, it is said that this condition affects approximately one third of the US population.

The problem can be categorized in two ways, either by the amount of time it lasts or its reason. The difference between the lengths of time is known as transient, short term, and chronic insomnia.

The different classifications for the source of the problem are primary and secondary insomnia.

Transient, Short Term, and Chronic Insomnia

If you are grouping insomnia cases by how long they last, each situation would fall in one of these three categories. Transient insomnia is the most popular, as it can result from many different situations occurring in the sufferer’s life.

A new job, an illness, or the first day of school can all trigger this form of insomnia. This type typically goes away within a few days, or when the anxiety produced by the event or happening is gone.

Short term insomnia involves difficulty sleeping that lasts for a few weeks. This can be caused by similar elements as transient insomnia.

People are said to have short term insomnia if the reason they are not able to go to sleep and stay that way throughout the night is due to a long term reason, such as worrying about a sick relative, fear of losing their job, or being intimidated by a bully.

Chronic insomnia occurs when short term insomnia is not dealt with. This typically involves the sleeping disorder that has been going on for at least a few months.

The condition may have originally been considered transient or short term insomnia, but has progressed past those points to becoming part of the person’s lifestyle.

Primary and Secondary Insomnia

Another way to classify insomnia is by considering the cause of it. Primary insomnia generally appears without a reason. It could begin as early as infancy, or develop later in life. It is typically due to a high metabolism or overactive nervous system.

Secondary insomnia tends to have a cause. It could be one that is easily fixable, such as drugs, alcohol, or staying up late at night. Eliminating the reason behind the insomnia will typically get rid of the problem itself.

For example, if you suffer from headaches late in the evening that prevent you from sleeping well, treating the headache is likely to get rid of the sleeping difficulties.

It is important to remember that, while considered a sleep disorder, insomnia is more of a symptom than anything. In most cases, there is an underlying reason for the problem. It is vital that you determine the true cause of the insomnia so that you can get a better night’s sleep every night.

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