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Insomnia is a common sleep disorder where you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both.* There are in general two types on insomnia. Acute or chronic, and both are problematic. If you suffer from periods of trouble sleep, you may have acute insomnia. However, if you have trouble sleeping all the time, then you may have chronic insomnia. Some common symptoms of insomnia are inability to focus, poor memory, mood disturbance, daytime sleepiness, increased errors, etc…* There are multiple medications on the market that can help. Caution is needed when taking these medications though.
Some Doctors are reluctant to prescribe these medications because of their side effects.* In addition they also don’t usually recommend using sleeping pills long term because of these negative side effects. A list of some of these side effects is provided below. As an example of how dangerous these medications can be, in 2013, the FDA warned people that taking sleep medication the night before can impair their ability to drive or be fully alert “even the next day.*"
As a general rule how common is insomnia among adults?
• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.*
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, lasting less than three months.*
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder occurring at least three times per week for at least three months.*
Some Side effects
Insomnia medication can be helpful when used properly as prescribed. Only use these drugs if prescribed and monitored by a doctor. Again it cannot be stressed enough, the drugs should be monitored by a doctor. They are very strong and can negatively alter brain chemicals effecting a persons thoughts and behaviors if used improperly. *Consult with your doctor about using these drugs.* Keep in mind that certain lifestyle patterns can lead to insomnia. Here is a quick rundown of things that effect sleep: rotating shift work, travel, physical inactivity, napping, lack of routine for waking and sleeping, poor sleeping environment, etc...*
*Sleep Education. 2020. Insomnia awareness day facts and stats. Retrieved from http://sleepeducation.org/news/2014/03/10/insomnia-awareness-day-facts-and-stats
*WebMD. 2020. Drugs to treat insomnia. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/insomnia-medications
*Healthline. 2020. What is chronic insomnia and how is it treated. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-insomnia