Having restful sleep
In their lifetime 30-50% of all adults might experience a form of insomnia, out of which, 10% might experience a form of chronic insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by a host of different problems. Many people often go unaware of this medical condition. It is important to seek medical treatment if you feel that you have symptoms of insomnia.
Why is treatment important?
It is very important to receive proper treatment for your insomnia. Left untreated, the strain of insomnia can lead to or worsen chronic health conditions. Possible health consequences include:
- Chronic pain
- Uncontrolled blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Vulnerability to infections
- Emotional disturbance
- Impaired memory & attention
- Motor vehicle accidents
What are the causes?
Common causes of insomnia include:
- Poor sleep hygiene
- Sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
- Recurrent nightmares
- Shift work, or a tendency to be a “night person”
- Chronic pain
- Chronic lung disease
- Heart failure
- Bipolar disorder
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome)
- Alcohol or illicit drug use
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of insomnia can often be intertwined with other medical conditions.
Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep on most nights
- Not feeling rested during the day
- Difficulty with concentration or memory
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
Interested in a sleep evaluation?
Learn how Akron General’s Sleep Center may be able to help.