Sleep Disorders: Explanations of Insomnia

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Explanations for Insomnia

  • Short-Term Insomnia
  • Some suffer difficulties in sleeping for short periods - few days or weeks. Tend to be caused by immediate worries.
  • Long-Term (chronic) Insomnia
  • Chronic Insmnia describes difficulties lasting over a month.
  • Primary Insomnia
  • Occurs when a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or physical cause.
  • Individual may have developed bad sleeping habits which causes insomnia.
  • Insomnia persists after the initial cause because of an expectation of sleep difficulty - leads to anxiety.
  • Secondary Insomnia
  • When a person is having sleep problems because of something else.
  • Single underlying medical, psychiatric or environmental cause.
  • Insomnia is a sympton of the main disorder.
  • Insomnia is a characteristic sympton of illnesses.
  • Typical of people who do shift work or who have circadian rhyth, disorders, phase delay synfrome, abnormal biological rhyht,s cause sleepiness at innapropriate times. 
  • Discomfort during sleeping can also cause insomniea by oler people; reduced


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