Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep. It is not considered a mental illness, but it can relate to your mental health and wellbeing. Many people have episodes of insomnia that last a few days. In any given year, as much as half of the population will experience disruptions to their sleep patterns due to this condition.

Insomnia, especially long-term chronic insomnia, is believed to be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or other medical conditions. Individuals with current conditions that are the most common causes of insomnia are at an increased risk of developing serious medical conditions, such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Many people with chronic insomnia report feeling exhausted on a regular basis and experiencing an overall reduced quality of life. In some cases, the best treatment for insomnia is to take prescribed sleep medicine—not “sleeping pills”—under the direction of a doctor. Prescription medications commonly used in treating symptoms of insomnia include hydroxyzine (Vistaril) and trazodone (Desyrel).

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 Persistent difficulty falling or staying asleep

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Waking too early in the morning

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Fatigue or low energy during the day

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Irritability or “brain fog”

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Many people don’t realize that certain lifestyle habits can interfere with their ability to get a good night’s sleep. Common suggestions for improving sleep include: ● Avoiding alcohol or caffeine at night ● Avoiding the use of electronic devices or TV right before bedtime ● Establishing the same bedtime routine every night ● Getting more exercise during the day Making small adjustments to your lifestyle can have a significant impact on your ability to sleep well. Keep in mind, however, that not all acute or chronic sleep disorders can be treated in this way. Sometimes there are serious medical issues that must be addressed. In severe cases, cognitive-behavioral therapy might be recommended as part of your treatment plan. Your online doctor can help you figure out the right insomnia treatment options for your condition.
Chronic insomnia is more than a condition that makes you feel tired. It can damage your physical and mental health in many ways. The body needs sleep in order to rejuvenate itself and maintain optimal functionality. When sleep is disrupted, the overall health of the body is disrupted as well. One of the most serious consequences of this disruption is impairment of the immune system, which increases the risk of developing a wide range of diseases.
Some sleep studies show that this disorder may have a genetic component—it often “runs in the family.” This means that genes may play a significant role in the development of a sleep disorder in an individual. What it does not mean is that this disorder is inevitable in any individual, or that an effective prescription for insomnia is impossible. Genes are just one possible factor.

Insomnia can be a short-term or chronic condition, and its duration can vary among individuals. In some cases, addressing underlying causes or making lifestyle changes can help alleviate insomnia, while in others, it may require ongoing management and treatment to improve sleep patterns

There is evidence to suggest that genetics can play a role in a person's susceptibility to insomnia. Individuals with a family history of insomnia may have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves, but environmental and lifestyle factors also contribute to its development.

Yes, insomnia can come and go, and its patterns can vary over time. Some individuals may experience intermittent bouts of insomnia related to specific stressors or life events, while others may have chronic or recurring insomnia that requires ongoing management.

Insomnia can often be effectively managed and improved with various treatments and lifestyle changes, but it may not always be completely cured, especially in cases where there are underlying medical or psychological factors. The goal of treatment is typically to reduce the severity and frequency of insomnia symptoms and improve sleep quality rather than achieving a permanent cure.

Insomnia itself is not typically a direct cause of death. However, chronic and severe insomnia can have adverse effects on physical and mental health, increasing the risk of other health problems, accidents, and impaired cognitive functioning, which can indirectly impact overall well-being and longevity.

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