Insomnia 1

Monday, February 22, 2016

Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at insomnia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Insomnia is when you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, even if you have the chance to get good sleep. More than three million Americans suffer from insomnia each year.

Waking up early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep is also common with insomnia. You may not function well the next day because of a lack of sleep. Insomnia can affect your energy, mood, health, work performance and quality of life.

Trouble falling or staying asleep is usually the main problem. You may have several nights of poor sleep followed by a night of better sleep. Other common symptoms include:

Anxiety or worry

Daytime tiredness

Depression

Difficulty paying attention

Forgetfulness

Headaches

Increased errors or accidents

Irritability and ongoing worries about sleep

Poor concentration, and

Reduced motivation or energy

Insomnia can be a serious problem because your body needs rest to work properly. It is important that you talk to your doctor if you have trouble sleeping.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.