Types of Insomnia
There are three categories of insomnia. Adjustment insomnia is usually brought on by excitement or stress, and lasts no longer than four weeks. Any trouble falling or staying asleep that lasts between four weeks and six months is known as short-term insomnia. This too is usually brought on by a stressful situation, and once the problem subsides or the sleeper adjusts to it, the insomnia will disappear. Any thing lasting longer than six months is known as chronic insomnia. More than 20 million people in the US complain of having chronic insomnia, however research has shown that physical ailments and other sleeping disorders are often mistaken for this type of insomnia.
Causes of Insomnia
Some people are more vulnerable to insomnia than others, just as some of us are prone to headaches or any other sickness. Persistent stress, whether it be relationship problems or trouble at work, can also cause insomnia. Many lifestyle decision may contribute as well, such as the misuse of stimulants (caffeine and tobacco), alcohol, or sleeping pills, keeping erratic bedtime hours, and inactive behavior. Often, there are underlying physical or psychiatric problems that are the cause, such as a breathing disorder (Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea), or depression. These condition require special medical attention and cannot be treated with common insomnia treatments.