A patient with insomnia is characterized as having issues falling asleep or having a consistent sleeping pattern. Those with insomnia exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
Waking up too early in the morning
Feeling tired upon waking
Typically there are two types of insomnia: primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia occurs when a patient is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia involves a patient who is having sleep problems that are attributed to a specific cause, such as a health condition (like asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn); pain; medication they are taking; or a substance they are using (like alcohol). Insomnia also varies in how long it lasts and how often it occurs. It can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can last a long time (chronic insomnia). It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems. Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for a month or longer.
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