Each person experiences
insomnia differently. People with insomnia may:
- Have trouble falling asleep. This can mean
lying in bed for up to an hour or more, tossing and turning, waiting to fall
- Wake up and have trouble falling back to
- Wake up too early in the morning.
- Feel tired
when they wake up, as if they didn't get enough sleep.
- Feel grouchy,
sleepy, or anxious, and be unable to get things done during the daytime.
Quality versus quantity of sleep
The quality of
their day is what makes people who have insomnia different from people who
typically sleep fewer hours or who have a different sleep disorder. With
insomnia, you sleep so badly that you feel grouchy and perform poorly during
the day. But it is possible to be a restless sleeper or to sleep less than 8
hours a night and yet get the amount of sleep you need. If you wake up
refreshed with energy and are able to get things done during the day, then you
are probably getting enough sleep.
Not getting enough sleep can
affect your quality of life. It can lead to serious problems including injury,
accidents, anxiety, and
depression. Talk with your doctor if you think that
you have insomnia.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
December 1, 2011
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