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Insomnia

Insomnia

What is insomnia?

If you experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or enjoying a restful night's sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is defined as the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following:

Insomnia is a common symptom in the U.S. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 50 and 70 million Americans have chronic sleep problems.

Insomnia is classified as:

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia may be caused by many factors, including the following:

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

How can sleep problems be solved?

People who suffer from insomnia that lasts for more than a few days should consult a doctor so that the underlying cause can be identified, if possible, then treated. If you have loud, irregular snoring, jerking legs, or pauses in breathing in addition to other symptoms of insomnia, seek the advice of a health care provider. These symptoms may be related to sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition. There are a variety of effective treatment options available.

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