Persons with insomnia may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result they may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep.
Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, irritability and difficulty in focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning or remembering. If left untreated for long periods of time, anxiety or depression can follow.
Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. Acute insomnia can last for days or weeks.
Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, which means they are the symptom or side effect of some other problem. Certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances can cause secondary insomnia.
Sleeping tablets are usually prescribed for a short period for treating severe insomnia.
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