Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Disorders

Insomnia

Insomnia is characterized by difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying sleep, or perception of poor quality sleep that is non-restorative. Insomnia is also associated with daytime consequences such as feeling fatigued or tired as a result of the difficulty sleeping. Insomnia sufferers may also report moodiness, difficulty concentrating, increased errors at work/school, physical symptoms (such as GI discomfort, headaches, hypertension), and frustration/rumination about their sleep problems. Insomnia can be a brief reaction to a life event - most humans will experience this type of temporary trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. Insomnia that lasts more than 30 days is classified as “chronic” insomnia, which occurs far less frequently than temporary or “transient” insomnia. Chronic insomnia can occur at any age, though it usually increases in frequency and severity with age. Insomnia must be distinguished from other disorders with similar symptoms, such as circadian rhythm disorders, shift work, medication issues, or certain medical problems. Insomnia is best treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), though medication is appropriate and helpful in certain cases.

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