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What is Insomnia?

One of the most common sleep disorders is called Insomnia. Here are some common symptoms of insomnia and those who have problems sleeping.

Do you find it hard to fall or stay asleep at night? You are not the only one. Sleep disorders affect tens of millions of people in the United States. And that lack of sleep may lead to sleepy drivers and workers, which can be very dangerous.

One of the most common sleep disorders is called Insomnia. One has insomnia when they have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early. People with insomnia will also feel unrefreshed the day after sleeping badly. Other symptoms include, fatigue or low energy, difficulty concentrating, changes in mood, like irritability, changes in behavior, including impulsive or aggressive behavior, and difficulty in work, school, or relationships.

Insomnia can last anywhere from one night to longer periods, even months on end. When the symptoms are occurring at least three nights a week over the course of at least three months, you may have what is called Chronic Insomnia. Bouts of short-term insomnia can be due to situations like stress, while longer term chronic insomnia can be caused by poor sleep habits or other medical conditions. 

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms of insomnia, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor to treat your problems sleeping. There are many things you can do to start sleeping better and having more energy throughout the day - you don't have to suffer!

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This video is part of an ongoing series HealthiNation has created in partnership with the experts at the National Sleep Foundation, www.sleepfoundation.org

Lauren Hale, Ph.D.

This video features Lauren Hale, Ph.D.. Lauren Hale, Ph.D. is the editor in chief of the National Sleep Foundation's professional journal, Sleep Health. Hale is also the associate professor of Preventive Medicine in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University and has authored more than 55 published peer-reviewed articles.

Duration: 1:44. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: July 31, 2015
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