Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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What is Insomnia



Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder, in fact most people have experienced some form of insomnia at least some point in their lives. Insomnia can best be described as having problems going to sleep. It could also be described as waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. 

Insomnia can be broken up into two categories: primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia is when you have trouble sleeping because of something other than a medical problem or health issue, such as stress. Secondary insomnia is the form of insomnia that is caused by some medical problem.

Insomnia can also be divided into categories depending on the length. Acute insomnia is the form of the sleep disorder which last a very short time, usually from one day to a couple of weeks. If you are diagnosed with this form of insomnia it usually means that you have the primary form and should try to find out what is causing you to lose sleep. In most cases of acute, primary insomnia the sleep disturbance will resolve; if you figure out what triggered the insomnia then you can try to prevent future sleep problems. Chronic Insomnia can come and go for months or years. This means that something other than stress or physical discomfort is keeping you from sleeping. If you may be suffering from secondary insomnia you should discuss your concerns with your doctor or sleep specialist, because it could be related to an underlying condition with serious health implications.

There are many links between symptoms of insomnia and depression. For some people, insomnia leads to (or contributes to) depression, and for others depression may be the trigger for bouts of insomnia. Other common symptoms of all types of insomnia are fatigue during the day, anxiety, headaches, drowsiness, and poor concentration. 

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