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Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is defined in the
terms of the number of hours of sleep a person
has. It is also associated with problems with falling
asleep or staying asleep, despite the opportunity to
do so.
· One definition of insomnia is difficulties initiating
and/or maintaining sleep, or non-restorative sleep,
associated with impairments of daytime functioning
or notable distress for more than 1 month.
Insomnia can occur at any age, but it is particularly
common in the elderly.…read more

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o It's difficult to define what normal sleep is as
everyone is different. Your age, lifestyle,
environment and diet all play a part in
influencing the amount of sleep you need.
o The most common symptoms of insomnia
o difficulty falling asleep
o waking up during the night
o waking up early in the morning
o feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult
to function during the day.…read more

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Defining Insomnia
As everyone is different, it is hard to define
Insomnia. Some people have very little sleep and
suffer no ill consequences whereas others who
have many hours of sleep a night may feel
unrefreshed and complain of insomnia.
Both amount of sleep and the efficiency of it is
important. Insomnia may involve trouble falling
asleep (initial insomnia), trouble remaining asleep
(middle insomnia) or waking up too early (terminal
insomnia).…read more

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How does insomnia actually
come about?
Insomnia may be either secondary to another
disorder or a disorder in its own right (primary).…read more

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Primary Insomnia-
Describes cases where insomnia simply occurs on its own,
with no known cause for more than one month (defined in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders).
In such cases insomnia is the person's primary problem.
The individual may be experiencing little stressors or
depressive states but the main problem is actually the
development of a bad habit such as staying up late or
sleeping in a room that is too light and this has created
insomnia, being the actual problem. Sometimes insomnia
may have had an identifiable cause which has now
disappeared, but the insomnia persists because of an
expectation of sleep difficulty.…read more

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