Having a hard time getting to sleep at night? You’re not alone. Studies, including this one from the American Sleep Foundation, show that roughly half of all Americans report having trouble sleeping once in awhile, and more than one in 5 suffer from chronic insomnia.
Generally speaking, insomnia is a symptom that may result from stress, anxiety, depression, a serious medical condition, pain, or a substance abuse issue. To help you overcome sleeplessness, you need to determine what type of insomnia is affecting you…
1. General Insomnia
The catch-all term for sleeplessness is general insomnia, a classification of sleep disorders involving anyone who has difficulty getting to sleep at night (though it may also include people who wake up in the middle of the night or wake up too early). Overall, insomnia is simply defined as an overall insufficient amount and/or quality of sleep.
If you’re only struggling to sleep occasionally, chances are your doctor will diagnose you with general insomnia. However, if your sleeplessness is the result of something more specific, your treatment may require a different approach.