Insomnia (cont.)

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What are the risk factors for insomnia?

There are no specific risk factors for insomnia because of the variety of underlying causes that may lead to insomnia. The medical and psychiatric conditions listed earlier may be considered risk factors for insomnia if untreated or difficult to treat. Some of the emotional and environmental situations that were also mentioned above may act as risk factor for insomnia.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

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Impairment of daytime functioning is the defining and the most common symptom of insomnia.

Other common symptoms include:

  • daytime fatigue,

  • daytime sleepiness,

  • mood changes,

  • poor attention and concentration,

  • lack of energy,

  • anxiety,

  • poor social function,

  • headaches, and

  • increased errors and mistakes.

When should I call the doctor about insomnia?

In general, insomnia related to transient situational factors resolves spontaneously when the provoking factor is removed or corrected. However, medical evaluation by a doctor may be necessary if the insomnia persists or it is thought to be related to a medical or a psychiatric condition.

There are also specialized doctors who evaluate and treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Sleep apnea may be evaluated and treated by pulmonologists (lung doctors) who have specialized in sleep disorders. Other doctors who evaluate and treat sleep disorders are neurologists with a specialty in sleep disorders.


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