- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking
- Sleepiness during the day
- General tiredness
- Problems with concentration or memory
Types of Insomnia
There are different types of insomnia. Primary insomnia: a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia: insomnia is caused by other health conditions such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, heartburn, pain or a side effect of a medication or substance they are using. Also, insomnia can be intermittent, not always permanent.
Insomnia can be short-term (acute insomnia) or long-term (chronic insomnia). Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks; chronic insomnia is defined as lasting at least three nights a week for a month or longer.
Everyone is different when it comes to the number of hours needed for a good night’s sleep.