Do You Have Insomnia?

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Do You Have Insomnia?

Abbigail Nickels, Editor

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We all have trouble falling asleep sometimes, but for others it is a constant trouble to fall asleep. Insomnia is defined as a constant inability to fall asleep and is actually fairly common. About every one in four Americans develops insomnia every year. You may be wondering why you develop insomnia and there are many causes. Medical conditions can cause insomnia, even indirectly as discomfort caused by symptoms of the condition keeping you up. Other reasons you may not be able to fall asleep are psychological: depression, anxiety or worry can keep you awake. Biological factors are another reason that may keep you up at night. In some cases, insomnia is caused chemical interactions in the brain that block sleep. This may be why you have insomnia even if you follow healthy sleep advice. If you have trouble sleeping at night, but are unsure if you have insomnia; guidelines say if you have trouble sleeping for more than three days a week for three months speak with your doctor.

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