Of course, you know what comes to the mind when the issue is brought up. Insomnia is nothing to write home about because it affects the health of every being. What exactly is insomnia? This, we shall discuss before knowing the kinds or types of insomnia.
When you have that feeling of habitual sleeplessness, you’ve got this debilitating health condition we call insomnia.
You may wonder with mammoth wonderment what causes this health condition that makes it difficult for one to not enjoy his sleep. There are so many factors that trigger insomnia, which range from emotional to psychological factors. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, bipolar disorder, grieve, trauma, are all causes of insomnia. Likewise, in addition, diseases such as thyroid and heart diseases also play a major role.
More than 75 percent of Americans suffer from insomnia yearly. In Malaysia, 9 in 10 persons suffer from this problem. There are so many other countries, countless of them, that suffer immensely from insomnia.
However, knowing the kind of insomnia you’ve got will help you comprehend which is which.
Kinds of Insomnia
There are many different kinds of insomnia.
- Acute Insomnia
Acute insomnia (short-time insomnia) is a relatively brief period of sleeplessness, lasting for less than one month. Acute insomnia is caused by life events such as anxiety, stress, worry, feeling the pains of a loved one. This type of insomnia doesn’t need treatment in, virtually, all cases; it resolves without treatment.
- Chronic Insomnia
This type of insomnia is considered chronic when the sufferer finds it extremely difficult to fall asleep at least three times a week for two or more weeks. Chronic insomnia is adduced to:
- Sleep Hygiene Insomnia
This is one of the most common causes of insomnia and, perhaps, one of the most treatable. It is caused by poor sleep hygiene. This means that you get this kind of insomnia when the surrounding environment is not conducive for your health. It could be that the room temperature is not suitable for you or/and the bed is not comfortable. Also, those who use electronic devices immediately before bedtime may find it very easy to develop this type of insomnia. What about individuals who take alcohol or caffeine before going to bed? They aren’t isolated from developing sleep hygiene insomnia. If your circadian rhythm is not constant or regular, there are chances of developing this kind of insomnia too.
- Comorbid Insomnia
This kind of insomnia occurs with other health conditions. Psychiatric disorders such as mood disorder and anxiety disorder are associated with this type of sleep disorder. Furthermore, certain medical conditions such as arthritis and back pain really make it uncomfortable for someone to sleep comfortably at night.
- Behavioral Childhood Insomnia
This kind of insomnia is usually common among children. When children aren’t told to go to bed, they find it difficult to do so.
They don’t learn regular sleep habits. This makes them awake at night when they are expected to be asleep. Children who suffer from this kind of insomnia will definitely have daytime sleepiness and hyperactivity. Thus, they find it very difficult to concentrate and focus on the task at hand the next day of activities.
- Maintenance Insomnia
People with maintenance insomnia wake up during the night but are unable to return to sleep. This could be as a result of medications taken by the sufferers.