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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is characterized by dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality associated with difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than intended. Although all people have poor sleep at times, individuals with insomnia have difficulty sleeping at least three nights per week over a period of three months. Additionally, this sleep disturbance causes distress to the individual or disruption in the individual’s daily life, at work, school, and in relationships.

Insomnia is quite common, with 33-66% of people reporting at least one episode of acute insomnia, and 10-15% reporting chronic insomnia. The first episode of insomnia is common in young adulthood. The risk of insomnia tends to increase with age and women are more likely to have it than men. Insomnia can be caused by a genetic predisposition, an anxious cognitive style, stress, life events that disrupt sleep habits, medical conditions, or medications. Insomnia often co-occurs with other mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety.


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