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What is insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both, despite adequate opportunity and time to sleep, leading to impaired daytime functioning. Insomnia may be due to poor quality and/or quantity of sleep.

Insomnia is very common and occurs in 90% of the general population has experienced acute insomnia at least once. Approximately 10% of the population may suffer from chronic (long-standing) insomnia.

Insomnia affects people of all ages including children, although it is more common in adults and its frequency increases with age. In general, women are affected more frequently than men.

Insomnia may be divided into three classes based on the duration of symptoms.

  • Insomnia lasting one week or less may be termed transient insomnia;
  • short-term insomnia lasts more than one week but resolves in less than three weeks; and
  • long-term or chronic insomnia lasts more than three weeks.

Insomnia can also be classified based on the underlying reasons for insomnia such as sleep hygiene, medical conditions, sleep disorders, stress factors, and so on.

It is important to make a distinction between insomnia and other similar terminology; short duration sleep and sleep deprivation.

  • Short duration sleep may be normal in some individuals who may require less time for sleep without feeling daytime impairment, the central symptom in the definition of insomnia.
  • In insomnia, adequate time and opportunity for sleep is available, whereas in sleep deprivation, lack of sleep is due to lack of opportunity or time to sleep because of voluntary or intentional avoidance of sleep.
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Comment from: ziutenka, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have been an insomniac for 12 years, since the menopause hit. First with great hesitation I tried sleeping pill zopicone 7.5 mg, it worked for many years, I slept 7 to 8 hours, and felt great in the morning. Not anymore. I am up at 2 am and pour myself a drink, alcohol and then I sleep. I have hangover in the morning. I tried to quit the pills cold turkey, after two sleepless night I was so exhausted that my blue pills were necessity to my existence. Insomnia is a physiological l disorder of the brain, like depression or schizophrenia. And I tried everything, yoga, acupuncture, milk, banana, walk, positive thinking, breathing....I am never sleepy and I never yawn.

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Comment from: barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have had insomnia for about 40 years. I couldn't fall asleep for hours; when I woke up in the middle of the night I couldn't go back to sleep. About 10 years ago, my doctor prescribed trazodone. About 95 percent of the time, it puts me to sleep within a half hour. I take 1/2 to 1 pill before going to bed; when I wake up in the middle of the night, I take another 1/2. Most nights I get 6 1/2 to 7 hours of sleep. Trazodone has been an absolute life changer for me, and I take less now than when I started. Plus, it's cheap.

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