How Do I Know if I’m an Insomniac?
Insomnia is a fairly common condition that can quickly affect all other aspects of your life. If you are at risk of developing insomnia or are experiencing common symptoms, a visit to Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders will be able to provide you with effective treatment options that will quickly improve your overall quality of life and just how you feel on a daily basis. For more information contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations across the U.S. in Bloomington IL, Peoria/Dunlap IL, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX, and Wausau WI.
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Since there are several types of insomnia, there are quite a few symptoms to look out for if you have been feeling increasingly sleep deprived lately. It is typically diagnosed based on how much your sleep patterns are straying from either the norm of the average population (if you have always suffered from some form of insomnia) or how different your sleep patterns are from what is typical for yourself. The total amount of sleep that you require in order to function is an individual need that varies a bit from person to person, so insomnia is not diagnosable with quantity of sleep alone. It is often more indicated by how long it takes you to fall asleep, as most people are able to fall asleep within half an hour of trying to fall asleep, those with insomnia may take multiple hours before they are able to fall asleep. Other common symptoms of insomnia include:
– Waking up throughout the night;
– Waking up earlier than planned;
– Feeling tired or sleepy during the day;
– Not feeling rested after waking up;
– Trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, or with memory during the day;
– Increased feelings of irritability, depression, or anxiety; and
– Regularly worrying about getting enough sleep (particularly while trying to fall asleep).
Insomnia initially starts with its primary symptom of trouble sleeping, with the majority of patients starting with the symptom of not being able to fall asleep easily. This results in increased levels of anxiety and daytime drowsiness as it often just becomes increasingly difficult to fall asleep as the condition worsens without any interventions. This first stage is also commonly referred to as onset insomnia. Middle (maintenance) insomnia is the next stage and is also the most common type of insomnia, causing people to wake up in the middle of the night but they are typically able to fall back asleep fairly quickly.
While short-term insomnia is typically nothing to really worry about as it will go away on its own once the cause diminishes or goes away entirely, there are some symptoms to look out for that can lead to longer-term damage or indicate that some form of treatment would be very beneficial. If the condition is becoming chronic (you are experiencing difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep at least 3 nights per week for at least one month), you are likely beginning to experience increased daily drowsiness that is starting to affect your productivity throughout the day including being able to focus on and complete tasks, negatively affecting your memory, and increasing symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Long-term insomnia can quickly start to affect your day-to-day life as energy levels continue to decrease, making it very difficult to stay awake the entire day and to be able to complete all necessary tasks properly while at work or at home. It can start to affect one’s ability to perform well at work and to maintain healthy relationships, making treatment that results in being able to feel rested and have full brain function every day a life-changing result.
Chronic insomnia is typically considered to be the most severe level of insomnia as symptoms will only continue to worsen as patients are unable to reliably get good quality and sufficient amounts of sleep. Common symptoms of chronic insomnia will often include increased levels of irritability, anxiety, and depression, often even leading to the development of these mental health disorders. patients will likely experience worsening performance in school or work as well. Someone with chronic insomnia will also have an increased risk of developing other chronic health conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Additionally, severe insomnia will result in a slowed reaction time, increasing the patient’s risk of making mistakes or getting into more accidents, particularly while driving.