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Insomnia Sleep Disorder

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. It is defined as:

Difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep or not having good quality of sleep despite having opportunity for sleep , which results in impairment of daytime functioning.

Insomnia Sleep DisorderIn July 2008 Clinical Guidelines for evaluation and management of chronic insomnia in adults were published in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Among other recommendations it stated that - Polysomnography (sleep study) - when there is reasonable suspicion of breathing (sleep apnoea) or movement disorders, when initial diagnosis is uncertain, treatment fails (behavioural or pharmacologic), or arousals occur with violent or injurious behaviour.

There is generally now consensus opinion regarding the overall impact of sleep disorders on general health and that primary treatment goals are to improve sleep quality and quantity and to improve insomnia related daytime impairments.

Research now suggests that sleep deprivation plays a role in elevating the risks associated with numerous lifestyle factors that are in epidemic proportions in Western countries, including:

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Reduced work performance
  • Reduced cognitive function/poor concentration
  • Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue
  • Increased chance of road accidents
  • Stroke and heart attacks
  • Poor metabolism and hormonal imbalances
  • Poor school performance and hyperactivity in children

"I had given up on my insomnia, but they made it better. Really good team."