According to an article in “Popular Science – The Science of Sleep”, insomnia is by far the most common sleep disorder experienced by everyone at some time in their lives. In fact, at least 50% percent of adults report having insomnia at one time or another.
Insomnia can take different forms – whether it is difficulty falling asleep; staying asleep; waking in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep or waking up too early in the morning. This all amounts to less than the 6 – 8 hours of sleep which is recommended.
This creates a feeling of malaise, fatigue and mood imbalance to name a few symptoms. So what is the cause of insomnia? Typically is it anxiety or tension. Other reasons relate medical conditions such as sinus allergies, asthma, acid reflux, arthritis – just to name a few.
If you have chronic insomnia lasting for at least 3 nights a week for a month or longer, “Popular Science” recommends either home remedies such as meditation or keeping your phone out of your bedroom or cognitive and behaviorial treatments which may be suggested by your Doctor.