At one point or another, everyone has some trouble sleeping. There can be a good amount of reasons for people to be unable to sleep, but insomnia is a big one. This article is meant to help explain the difference between actual insomnia and regular having trouble sleeping for a couple nights.
Insomnia happens when it should not be happening. If there’s nothing going on in your life that is keeping you awake for good reason, insomnia is probably the culprit. It happens when you should be able to sleep, but just can’t. Between 30 and 40 percent of Americans have some kind of insomnia every year.
Insomnia can be acute or chronic, and it depends on how often it happens and for how long it lasts. Either one can cause unbalanced moods, fatigue, and inability to concentrate. Acute insomnia happens when there are high levels of stress in the body. This lasts for one or more weeks. It is expected to go away on its own. Chronic insomnia happens three or more nights a week over a course of three or more months. It just doesn’t seem to go away easily.
It is normal to not sleep perfectly every night. Many people are going to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep when there’s something going on in their life that isn’t normal or expected. They may have house guests, be in a relationship argument, or be stressed at work. However, this isn’t actual insomnia. These things are expected to go away and you are most likely going to be sleeping well again soon.
Not sleeping enough can cause a sleep deficit. If it gets far enough, it can cause heart disease, over-eating, too much caffeine intake, diabetes, or other health problems. If you feel you have chronic insomnia, it is time to talk to your doctor. They will do a sleep study to find the cause of your insomnia and help get you treated. Hopefully you will be back to your energetic, focused and smiling self again soon.