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What is Insomnia?

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What is Insomnia?

Around one in three adults experience insomnia symptoms that can last for a few days or weeks, or be chronic and disrupt their daily activities.

About 50% of those suffering from chronic (long-term) insomnia also have another mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression. Medical issues like chronic pain or acid reflux may also make it harder to sleep.

Life circumstances such as shift work or frequent travel can also disrupt sleep patterns. To combat insomnia, try creating a regular bedtime schedule, abstain from alcohol and caffeine before bed, and keep the room cool to help with insomnia.

Insomnia is usually diagnosed through a thorough medical history. A sleep log, multiple sleep latency test or sleep study can add additional evidence for the diagnosis. People who have other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy or breathing-related sleep disorder may require further tests to rule out those conditions as the cause.

Insomnia can be treated with behavioral therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and medications such as benzodiazepine and non-benzodiazepine medications. While these may be effective in the short term, they should not be used long term due to the risk of creating tachyphylaxis – an abnormal sleep pattern.

Other treatments for insomnia may involve counseling to help you identify, challenge and alter negative thinking that keeps you up at night. If these interventions fail, a sleep specialist may prescribe medication (including sedatives) to promote sleepiness and promote deep slumber.

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