A distinction is made between primary and secondary insomnia; the former has no known medical, psychiatric or environmental cause, whereas the latter has.

          Insomnia is diagnosed when:

        A person has been experiencing sleep difficulties for more than one month

        The resulting daytime fatigue causes severe distress or impairs work, social or personal functioning.

        Sleep onset latency – takes more than 30 mins to fall asleep

        Sleep efficiency – less than 85%

Several night time waking

Dement: Sleep researcher

          Dement estimates that at least ½ of all humans acknowledge that they sometimes have difficulty sleeping, but that only 5-10%  of sufferers actually get diagnosed with insomnia.

          He also argues that insomnia is not a sleep disorder but rather a symptom that can have many different causes.

Primary Insomnia

          This type of insomnia is not attributable to a medical, psychiatric or environmental cause.

          There are numerous primary insomnia subtypes including:

        Psychophysiological insomnia

        Idiopathic insomnia

        Sleep state misperception

Psychophysiological insomnia

          Anxiety-induced insomnia, sometimes known as learned insomnia or behavioural insomnia.

          A state of chronic (long lasting) physiological arousal maintained by high arousal and anxiety about not being able to sleep.

          results in:

        vicious cycle of trying harder to sleep and becoming tenser, expressed by patients as ‘trying




Most common sleep disorders

Almost everyone has experienced a poor night’s sleep at one time or another, but for some people, insomnia is a regular occurrence. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 60 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. There are many different types of sleep disorders, and each one can have a negative impact on your health and quality of life. In this blog post, we will learn about common sleep disorders. Read more here 



Restless legs syndrome in pregnancy

Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes people to feel restless and have an intense desire to move their legs. In most cases, the cause is unknown, but it can be caused by a number of different things, including pregnancy. While there isn’t currently anything that can be done to cure restless legs syndrome in pregnancy, there are things that pregnant women can do to help relieve some of the symptoms. In this blog post, we will learn about restless leg syndrome during pregnancy!

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