Picture this, its five-thirty in the morning. You see the sun slowly creeping its way into view from off in the distance. Your room is highlighted with the light blues and purples of the morning sunrise. This would usually be a beautiful sight, but not for you, not today. You have to be awake for work in one hour, which will be difficult, because you’ve been awake the entire night because of restless sleep.
Thoughts are running through your mind a mile a minute, despite the overall fatigue and strain you feel from your tired body you just can’t get yourself to fall asleep. The frustration and anxiety you feel from not being able to fall asleep start to prevent you from falling asleep in the first place. You get up and start the shower and figure you have to start your day at some point, and you might be able to squeeze a nap in sometime at work. Does this above scenario sound familiar to you?
If you’ve had a similar experience to the above anecdote than you may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia comes in various different shapes and forms, and it’s such a common medical disorder that it can be seemingly difficult to diagnose. This article will help to answer the question of “how to diagnose insomnia”. A Disclaimer: While this information may be found useful or practical, this should not replace the advice of a trusted doctor or psychologist.
The reassuring thing about insomnia, is that over thirty percent of the population admits to suffering, or having suffered from this mental disorder at some point in their life. Insomnia is both a symptom and a gate-way to other mental disorders including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. This is the difference between primary and secondary insomnia.
Primary Insomnia affects people who are having problems with their sleep patterns that aren’t because of other healthy concerns or conditions. Secondary insomnia is when a person has trouble with sleeping because of another condition, whether it is a sickness, a mental disorder, or a physical predisposition. When lying down to go to bed, if it takes you more than an hour to fall asleep, or if you are getting under five hours of sleep a night on a regular basis, then you may be suffering from insomnia. Besides, primary and secondary insomnia, there is also a difference between acute vs. chronic insomnia.
When we are talking about acute insomnia, we are talking about a person who is dealing with a very short-term form of insomnia. Acute insomnia can be the result of recent trauma, drug use, or cause by a fleeting anxiety. Acute insomnia is common during the grieving process, or after experiencing traumatic events. Chronic insomnia is not as transient as acute insomnia and can last months.
All different type of insomnia pose their medical stresses if not dealt with properly. If you think your experiencing either primary, secondary, acute, or chronic insomnia then you should get a hold of your health care provider and schedule an evaluation.
Not being able to go to sleep in one of the most stress inducing and frustrating mental disorders. Most insomniacs have 2-3 restless nights a week, while the most severed cases of insomnia affect those who can barely lay to rest for a handful of hours a week. In the most extreme cases insomnia can cause major health risks. Sleep deprived people are more likely to suffer from heart related disease, more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression, and are more likely to be inconsistent in their work and social patterns. T
he negative symptoms of insomnia can start taking a huge toll on a person, and in some serious cases has led to death. Not all insomnia symptoms happen in the night, and there are actually a large number that may be seen, expressed, and evaluated throughout the day. The general insomniac may feel awkwardly fatigued throughout the day. This fatigue can seep into various aspects of their as it makes it difficult to focus on basic tasks and can also affect the long and short term memory. Because of this fatigue a person may make various errors in decisions, and probably appear tired or clumsy.
Another thing most insomniacs share is a feeling of tension or pain in the stomach and the intestines. When the sleep schedule is affected, the digestive schedule follows suit. A person who isn’t getting enough sleep and is continually stressed is more likely to develop negative eating or drinking habits, and more likely to develop stomach ulcers.
If your stomach has been hurting, you’ve been noticing extra fatigue, or you’ve been feeling a lack of focus during the day from lack of sleep then you may suffer from insomnia. For the symptoms to get so extreme that they bleed over into your waking life during the day time then you may want to seek out medical or psychiatric help for a possible case insomnia.
Although it’s been repeated a number of times in this article, if you think you have insomnia the best thing you can do is call your medical provide. I understand where you’re coming from. You’re tired, you can’t fall asleep, and you’re frustrated.
What you should remember is this is the exact worst time to be going on the internet trying to self-diagnose yourself with insomnia. Half of the information on the internet is going to only encourage your inability to fall asleep, and won’t help ease your stress by any stretch of the imagination. Another good tactic towards coming to terms with your insomnia is to talk about it openly with your close friends.
You’ve heard the statistics. Basically one in three Americans is an insomniac anyways, so why not get out and socialize with all of them. Working together we can help to diagnose and learn the inner causes of insomnia. Believe it or not there is, still so much to learn about this specific mental disorder.