What Are Insomnia Symptoms

October 14, 2010

in Barnaby, Insomnia, Sleeping Disorders, Your Stories


Hi everyone,

Barnaby here, and I’d like to answer a question which has been sent in by quite a few of our readers here at CantSleep. This questions relates to what exactly are insomnia symptoms? Everyone experiences occasional nights of restlessness, but when do normal happenings cross the line thus turning into insomnia symptoms? The following, at least according to prominent insomnia experts, constitutes insomnia symptoms:

– Lying in bed for an hour or more on a constant basis being unable to fall asleep

– Commonly waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back asleep

– Waking up too early in the morning without falling asleep again

– Feelings of grouchiness, anxiety and distraction during the course of the day

– Still feeling tired after thinking you got a full night’s sleep

Insomnia symptoms can relate to both the quality and quantity of sleep. Many who suffer from insomnia are unaware that they are not getting quality sleep. This often happens with sleep apnea which causes the sufferer to wake up gasping for breath multiple times during the course of an evening. This obviously detracts from quality sleep, and even though you think you slept all night the quality of that sleep was deficient. Obviously, it is often hard to determine what are insomnia symptoms versus what are just normal happenings within life. Being grouchy one day, of course, does not indicate that you have insomnia. However, when multiple symptoms emerge that provides a real clue that insomnia may be the culprit. In the end, only a qualified health care provider can derive an accurate insomnia diagnosis, so if you think you have insomnia symptoms, then the best first step is to seek help from a professional.

I’ll be back soon to update everyone on my progress using hypnotherapy to address my own insomnia symptoms.

Barnaby

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