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Common Sleep Disorders: Insomnia

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One of the most common sleep disorders that keeps people awake and in and out of bed almost every night is Insomnia. Patients who suffer from insomnia have trouble going to sleep, staying asleep, or both.

The disorder can be acute, which lasts a few days to a few weeks and is referred to as short-term, or chronic, long-term insomnia, which lasts over a month. While chronic insomnia is often a symptom of another problem, medical or lifestyle, acute insomnia is not well understood. Insomnia can be caused, or triggered, by poor lifestyle habits such as neglecting exercise, spending too much time with technology, and erratic sleep schedules.  It can also be caused by a number of medications and drugs including nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and sleep medications. Common symptoms of insomnia include trouble falling to sleep and a lack of energy while awake.  Far more dangerous, however, is the fact that people with insomnia often go without treatment until they make a dangerous mistake in the workplace, on the road, or in the home because they are too weary.

A good nights sleep is as important as exercise and nutrition in the complex system of the human body. Lifestyle or medical changes and advice should be considered if you are experiencing any sleep disorders.

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