Do you find it difficult to get up in the morning? Are you often sad, moody, or depressed? Do you find it is difficult to concentrate and pay attention? I read these questions while looking for articles relating to insomnia. Insomnia, according to our text, is difficulty falling and staying asleep. However, the definition does not describe all the possibilities that one may be suffering from insomnia. After reading and answering 'yes' to these questions above myself, I began to think and research insomnia even more and learned that this sleep disorder may be more common than I thought.
Insomnia or not? Unless diagnosed by a doctor, one cannot really know for sure if they suffer from this sleep disorder. Other factors including caffeine, electronic use, sports, among other activities may contribute from the inability to sleep. A video from WebMD shows the daily routine of a normal teenage girl who suffers from insomnia; she never expected to be diagnosed with this sleep disorder, but once she changed her routine, even just a little bit, she was able to sleep more soundly and concentrate more, which in turn benefitted her daily life performance immensely. According to an online Psychology Today article, experts say that the best way to improve sleep is to maintain good hygiene and health and to get at least eight to nine hours of sleep. But the reason insomnia is so common in teens is because they have so many activities and it is difficult to manage time. School and homework, socialization, work, family time: all these things take up time and it is difficult to balance. Thus, what gives? Should teens concentrate on school and the activities they need to balance to keep good grades and a good mental balance or should they prioritize more? The question answers itself; teens should prioritize sleep to be able to concentrate on school and extra activities and to succeed in them. If teens do this, the insomnia rate will decrease and once teens get on a regular sleep cycle, the potential for sleeping disorders will decrease.