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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Insomnia is also used to describe the condition of waking up not feeling restored or refreshed. Insomnia refers to the inability to get the amount of sleep you as an individual need to wake up feeling rested.

Insomnia can be a disorder in its own right, but often it is a symptom of some other disease or condition. Half of all those who have experienced insomnia blame the problem on stress and worry. In the case of stress-induced insomnia, the degree to which sleep is disturbed depends on the severity and duration of the stressful situation.

Sometimes this may be a disturbing occurrence like loss of a loved one, loss of a job, marital or relationship discord or a tragic occurrence.

Insomnia can also occur with jet lag, shift work and other major schedule changes.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty Falling Asleep
  • Waking up Frequently During the Night
  • Difficulty Returning to Sleep
  • Waking up too Early in the Morning
  • Unrefreshing Sleep
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Irritability