Insomnia is the most common sleep problem reported by both male and female adults. Approximately 50% of adults are affected by occasional sleep problems during the course of any year. Insomnia is a persistent sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or both, usually caused by an underlying condition.

Symptoms and Risks

Symptoms from insomnia may include any or all of the following: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, daytime fatigue, and depression.

Insomnia is associated with feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety. The disorder takes a toll on your ability to function throughout the day, and can significantly affect one’s energy level, mood, health, work performance and quality of life.

Treatment Options

For most people, the symptoms of Insomnia last a few days to weeks, and then resolve spontaneously. In many of these cases, the underlying cause of insomnia may be a transient life stress or change in the person’s daily routine. However, for those who have chronic insomnia, lasting for more than three months, the effects of poor sleep can deprive individuals of their ability to function both socially and professionally, which can then lead to increasing problems in these areas of life.  There are successful treatments available to manage the severity and minimize the long-term effects of insomnia.