Those of us who suffer from insomnia are plagued by chronic daytime fatigue and generally have impaired mental and physical performance due to a lack of sleep. Often you assume if someone who has insomnia just cannot fall asleep. But insomnia is more complicated than that. Some people who suffer from insomnia fall asleep as well as most people.
What many people fail to realize is that insomnia comes in multiple forms. For example some people only get a light sleep and never fall asleep deep enough to receive the restorative effects of a good night’s rest. Other people may wake up constantly during the night or get up too early which means they never complete a full cycle of sleep which is crucial in getting the proper type of rest.
Warning signs that you may have insomnia:
• Do you regularly feel tired or drowsy during the day?
• Do you experience chronic headaches?
• Are you overly irritable?
• Do you have problems maintaining concentration and focus?
• When you get up in the morning do you still feel tired and unrefreshed?
• Do you sleep better when you’re not at home?
• Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep?
• Do you wake up multiple times during the night?
• Do you tend to get up too early and have trouble falling back asleep?
• Are you only able to get a good night’s rest when you take sleeping pills or drink alcohol?
The list above is not exhaustive, but it does provide a good checklist of common symptoms of insomnia. Odds are that you won’t have every symptom, but if you have five or more you probably are experiencing some form of insomnia.
For a lot of people insomnia is just a temporary problem. There are 3 classifications of insomnia related to how long you have been experiencing various symptoms. How long you have been affected by insomnia is crucial in determining the severity of your particular case and may help in identifying the root cause of your sleeping issues.
Chronic insomnia – this is the most serious form of insomnia and if you’re sleeping issues have lasted more than 3 weeks, odds are you have some type of chronic insomnia.
Short-term insomnia – this form of insomnia usually lasts from five days to three weeks. This type of insomnia is self-correcting and usually takes care of itself through natural internal adjustments.
Transient insomnia – this kind of insomnia only lasts a few days at most and usually occurs when a person experiences a new form of mental stress. The stress can be negative or positive, but either way it has caused a mental disruption that is disrupting your natural sleep patterns.