Last updated on February 14, 2019
Facts about Insomnia
You need some sleep. You’ve spent the last several agonizing hours trying desperately to fall asleep. But you’re wide awake.
Your body is so tired – but you can’t get a good night’s rest.
Do you remember what a good night’s sleep feels like?………. Or was it too long ago?
You, my friend, are suffering from insomnia.
Many of us have occasional nights of sleeplessness without any serious consequences. It’s when the occasional night becomes a pattern of several nights in a row that you know that you are faced with a sleeping problem.
You are probably well aware that repeated loss of sleep affects all areas of your life: The physical, the mental, and the emotional. Sleep deprivation can affect your overall daily performance and can even have an effect on your personality. (It is really hard to be a nice person when you are exhausted!)
What you may not know is if your insomnia continues for a long period of time it can cause problems in your relationships, reduce your productivity, and it may lead to other health problems.
It can become an unending cycle of worry and anxiety as night after night you toss and turn, wondering when sleep will come, wondering what is wrong with you.
Doctors and others who study sleep problems categorize insomnia into three stages or categories.
The Three Categories of Insomnia and Sleeplessness:
“Initial” insomnia: In this category, you have difficulty falling asleep. It usually takes you 30 minutes or longer to fall asleep.
“Middle” insomnia: In this stage of insomnia after falling asleep you have problems staying asleep. You may wake up after an hour or so of sleep and many times stay awake until the early morning hours.
“Late” or “Terminal” insomnia: In this category of insomnia you wake up early in the morning after less than 6 hours of sleep.
It may surprise you to learn that you could be the cause of your insomnia!
The older you are, the more opportunity you’ve had to completely screw up any chance you have at developing good sleeping habits and keeping a regular sleeping schedule.
The Causes of Insomnia are Numerous
Fortunately for you, this site is full of reasons why you may not be sleeping – and ideas on how you can use that information to fix your sleeping habits once and for all.