It can be defined as "difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, or both" or the perception of poor quality sleep—that is a person with insomnia may have poor sleep The common signs and symptoms associated with insomnia are listed below.
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Waking up frequently during the night
- Fatigue or daytime sleepiness due to poor quality or quantity of sleep at night
- Difficulty in concentration
- Lethargy, reduced energy or motivation.
- Mood problems like anxiety or nervousness.
Insomnia can occur due to a medical or mental condition such as insomnia and may start during a period when a person is under stress and then because of apprehension one’s inability to sleep may become chronic. Many people tend to ignore insomnia even though they are aware of the side effects of insomnia on behavior, emotion and concentration level. Some of the problems caused by insomnia in the daytime include the following:
- Poor concentration or difficulty in concentration.
- Difficulty/impaired memory.
- Impairment of motor coordination (like difficulty in driving or working on machinery).
- Irritability, anxiety, difficulty in social interaction.
If your symptoms of insomnia don’t improve in a few days or seem to be worsening even after self-care measures consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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