Every person from time to time has had those restless nights where they struggle to sleep and just lie in bed, with their mind ticking over, frustrated about their inability to fall asleep.
Now imagine going through that every night and day. Welcome to the life of someone with insomnia.
Insomnia is the medical term given to someone who finds it hard to sleep and generally stays awake for unhealthy periods of time.
Insomnia itself is actually a symptom and not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease.
By definition, insomnia means “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both”.
The symptoms is not defined by a specific number of hours of sleep you get, but more so the problems you encounter to get it.
Generally symptoms of insomnia last less than one week for those with a minor case, between one to three weeks for those with short-term insomnia, and those who encounter symptoms for more than three weeks are classified as chronic insomniacs.
Insomnia affects all age groups, and actually affects females more than men.
It is generally brought on by stress, and if you do not deal with the triggers of the problem, it may develop into chronic insomnia.
An estimated 30%-50% of the general population are affected by insomnia, and 10% have chronic insomnia.
In terms of treatment, there is no real cure for the problem apart from being able to identify the stresses or personal problem behind the inability to sleep.
Once this is identified and counseled on, you should find your insomnia subside.