Do you ever find yourself awake in the middle of the night staring at the ceiling for hours, willing sleep to come? Do you sometimes lay in bed dwelling on troubles of the past, worries of the present, or concerns for the future, all the while struggling to fall asleep? Or maybe you have difficulty staying asleep and constantly find yourself waking multiple times in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, or you simply wake up earlier than you’d like, but find it impossible to go back to sleep.
If any of these examples sound like something you’ve experienced, chances are that you’ve had some form of insomnia, and depending on how often this happens to you, your restless nights could be sign of a serious sleep disorder.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by poor sleep quality. People that suffer from insomnia express difficulties of:
- Going to sleep at night.
- Waking often in the middle of the night and having trouble going back to sleep.
- Waking up earlier than planned, but unable to fall back asleep.