Is It Insomnia?

Are you having trouble sleeping?  Are you worried that it might be insomnia?  Let’s look at the primary definition of insomnia:

Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, or having non-refreshing sleep for at least 1 month.

The time length of one month is hotly debated.  Many feel that two weeks with disrupted sleep patterns qualifies as insomnia.  The simple fact is that any disruption of normal sleep patterns feels like insomnia to you when you are going through it.

If you have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep for at least four hours over a period of four days or more you may have insomnia. It is critical that you try and find the cause or trigger for your sleeplessness before it becomes chronic insomnia.

In most cases insomnia is temporary and eliminated when the reason is found and eliminated.  The number one cause for insomnia is stress.  This might be financial stress, stress in a relationship, or stress from your job.  If you eliminate the stress the insomnia usually disappears.

The problem comes when you let your temporary stress induced insomnia continue and it becomes chronic.  It is very important that you try and determine the cause of your insomnia quickly.  The longer the insomnia continues the more chance it will become chronic.

Your body does not function correctly without proper sleep.  People with insomnia do not get proper sleep and it can drastically affect your health. If you are having a problem getting to and staying asleep you have insomnia.  The only real question is whether it will be temporary or become chronic.

It is critical that you try and find the reason for your temporary insomnia and eliminate it before it becomes chronic.  In almost all cases temporary insomnia can be eliminated with the use of an over the counter sleep aid.  This assumes that you eliminate the stressor or trigger of your temporary insomnia.  Sleep tight.