The National Sleep Foundation reports that between 30% and 40% of American adults state they have had some symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months. Insomnia is an inability to sleep well and not feel rested in the morning. The diagnosis of insomnia is given if sleep is disturbed for at least one month continuously and the person’s well- being is negatively impacted. Everybody experiences insomnia differently, but here are 4 common symptoms that may indicate you may be suffering from insomnia.
If any of the these above signs apply to you, especially if several of them do, you should speak to your local mental health clinic to get tested for insomnia. In general the treatment of insomnia focuses on determining the cause of the sleeping problem. Insomnia itself may be the symptom or it might be part of another medical or psychiatric condition. For many people medication is a quick fix, however, it has been proven that the following non-medical treatment options are more effective in the long-term.
Non- medical treatment options
• Cognitive behavioral therapy
• Improving “sleep hygiene”
• Using relaxation techniques
Regarding the question at the start of the article, the National Sleep Foundation states the average adult needs about 7-9 hours of sleep a day. Do you get enough sleep?
Rita Mueller MA.LLP, Certified Sleep Counselor at Birmingham Maple Clinic