Signs of insomnia are not always easy to define as they differ from person to person and in severity. Also, what may be defined as insomnia is often a misdiagnosis of another disorder such as delayed phase sleep syndrome or circadian rhythm disorder.
Doctors associate a variety of signs and symptoms with insomnia. Oftentimes, the symptoms of insomnia are associated with mental conditions such as dementia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder or medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or hyperthyroidism.
To say that the effects of insomnia are unpleasant can be quite the understatement for chronic sufferers. It’s a condition that affects a large percentage of the population and literally has the ability to ruin lives. In addition to affecting peoples’ productivity at work and relationships with their family, co-workers and friends, it can also result in more serious issues such as stress anxiety disorder, hallucinations or severe depression. Even at its most elemental level, it causes sufferers to feel daytime fatigue and exhaustion, carrying with it a burning desire to sleep throughout their waking day.
Signs of insomnia include:
- the inability to stay focused
- decreased physchomotor skills (slowing down of your thought processes and a reduction in physical abilities)
- gaps in memory
- being quick-tempered
- feeling unrefreshed after sleep
- frequent headaches
- irritable disposition
- trouble getting to sleep
- trouble staying asleep
In addition to the above, if sleeping pills are required to initiate and stay asleep, this is also a sign of insomnia.
Stress is a double-edged sword and may be a symptom of insomnia as well as a cause of insomnia. If an individual has a high level of stress hormones, they may have difficulty sleeping. This difficulty sleeping leads to more stress, which in turn leads to more bouts of insomnia.
Insomniacs are products of our fast-paced, stress- filled society. If you show any of the signs of insomnia listed above, there are many insomnia treatments available that can help in attaining quality sleep each night. Review the causes of insomnia, determine what could be causing your insomnia and then start by systematically eliminating or changing those habits and/or conditions first. Remember that prescription medications are only a short-term solution to fighting insomnia – every prescription medication has side effects.