9 Symptoms of Insomnia
9 Symptoms of Insomnia
Insomnia can have many causes, such as stress, a specific sleep disorder or an underlying health condition, and can be difficult to manage. This is even more the case if insomnia continues over the long term. Most people will experience insomnia at some stage during their life time. However, if any of the following symptoms continue after a few days, it’s advisable not to ignore the condition, but to consult a doctor. Insomnia is a serious condition and can affect your physical and mental health.
Difficulty falling asleep
Having difficulties to fall asleep is the most common and probably the most frustrating among the symptoms of insomnia. Imagine being tired after a hard day of work and looking forward to a good night of sleep. The problem, however, is that once the craved bedtime comes, you’re suddenly wide awake, your mind seems to go into overdrive and there’s nothing you can do about it. What then usually follows is the frustrating tossing and turning in bed.
Waking up in the night
Many people who are suffering from insomnia will wake up in the middle of the night, as they’re light sleepers. Just a slight noise can wake them up. While some people are just light sleepers, some medical researchers believe that stress might be causing this condition. One way to potentially help prevent the unwanted waking up could be to sleep with ear plugs and a sleep mask.
Waking up too early
Usually people with insomnia will eventually fall asleep in the night, but sometimes they wake up again way too early. Whether falling asleep late or waking up early, fact is that sleep is essential to maintain good health, both mentally and physically. Sleep deprivation can adversely impact our health and is linked to obesity, diabetes and several types of cancer.
Still feeling tired after a long sleep
While this may sound not logical or paradoxical, this symptom is another frustrating experience, and there is an explanation to it. The reason why someone can feel knackered even after a long sleep lies in the quality of sleep and not the quantity. Suffering from insomnia may disturb our ability to go into deep restorative sleep phases. The resultant poor sleep quality does little to rest and recharge our body.
Feeling tired and a lack of energy during the day
As mentioned earlier insomnia can severely impact the quality and quantity of sleep. When we don’t get a good sleep quality, we likely feel tired the next day. This lack of energy affects our alertness, it can detract us when driving, and it likely affects our work performance. While we can manage to overcome this symptom after a single sleepless night or a night of very poor sleep, we will quickly start to really struggle if that problem continues beyond one night.
We mentioned earlier that sleep deprivation can affect both our physical and mental health. Insomnia can lead to anxiety feelings. A person who feels anxious does not perceive things as he/she normally would. Worrying and fears are the feelings an affected person may feel, which can easily trigger a depression. Insomnia will likely exacerbate conditions like anxiety or depression.
Depression is a mental condition that affects many people. Chronic insomnia can be one of the triggers, just as anxiety can. Most people will feel depressed at some stage in their life, but a clinical depression is much more severe and needs a doctor’s attention. A clinical depression occurs when those depressed feelings persist over a longer time. A depression can emotionally drain a person and seriously impact the quality of life. Sleep quality in such circumstances is of utmost importance.
Lack of focus
When we lack good quality sleep, we may find it difficult to focus and concentrate on our daily tasks at work or at home. Forgetfulness or making mistakes are the consequence. Furthermore, lack of quality sleep make us feel less alert and can impede our cognitive functionality.
Reduced memory function
Chronic insomnia can cause disturbances in our memory function, which can be very fearful. Forgetfulness while suffering from insomnia could also be driven by an underlying health condition that is responsible for the memory disturbance. It could however also be due to lack of good sleep. It’s advised to consult a doctor to find relief and adequate treatment.