Simply put, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.
There are two types of insomnia: Acute insomnia, which is a brief and often happens because of life circumstances. For example, when you can't fall asleep the night before a big work presentation, or if you're anticipating bad news, this is acute insomnia. This is the more common of the two insomnia types, and generally resolves itself after a short period of time, and of its own volition.
Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, is disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months. It can be caused by environmental changes, unhealthy sleep habits, working hours, various clinical disorders, and some medications could lead to a long-term pattern of insufficient sleep. People with chronic insomnia may benefit from some form of treatment to help them get back to healthy sleep patterns. Chronic insomnia can be comorbid, meaning it is linked to another medical or psychiatric issue.
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