Insomnia is defined as when a person has trouble falling asleep, waking up too early in the morning, waking up during the night and having trouble returning to sleep. A friend of mine was diagnosed with insomnia in seventh grade. He would go days and almost weeks, without sleeping. There were moments where I witnessed him fall asleep with his eyes open. His case of insomnia was considered severe and needed to be treated medically. After taking medication for about 2 years, he was no longer an insomniac and was off sleeping medication.
Insomnia is the most common sleep disturbance amongst humans. About 9 to 15 percent of people have severe cases of insomnia. Short term episodes or "Acute Insomnia" are considered to last for a few weeks and long term episodes or "Chronic Insomnia" are considered long-lasting. Acute insomnia can occur during significant amounts of stress, illness, emotional or physical discomfort and as a result of some medications. Chronic insomnia is caused by more serious occurrences, like depression. Treatments include various forms of medication, like Ambien or similar treatments. Research shows that psychotherapy is the best remedy.
Do you feel like you or someone you know possibly has insomnia?
Friend Interview: Andrew Dorsey