Insomnia Symptoms

Daily Health Solutions,Sleep
December 13, 2011

If you struggle with these symptoms, insomnia could be the culprit.

Are you up late at night feeling drained, exhausted and searching for some relief? You may be experiencing insomnia. Most people experience lack of sleep every now and again, but chronic sleeplessness is no trivial matter. It can lead to stress, depression, weight gain and many other health concerns. Watch out for these insomnia symptoms and talk with your doctor if you think you may have a problem with sleep.

Types of insomnia. There are two types of insomnia that could be affecting you if you're not getting a good night's sleep. Primary insomnia is chronic sleep trouble that's unrelated to another problem or health issue. Secondary insomnia is the type of sleep problems that's due to another cause such as taking medication with wakefulness as a side effect. Alcohol also can cause you to wake up, as can nicotine, which is a stimulant. And certain health conditions can disrupt your sleep, as well.

Common insomnia symptoms. There are several symptoms that mark the disorder insomnia. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the signs are:

  • trouble falling asleep
  • waking up during the night with difficulty falling back asleep
  • waking up too early
  • waking up feeling tired are the most typical signs of insomnia

Insomnia leads to additional symptoms. After a prolonged lack of sleep, additional signs of insomnia emerge:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trouble concentrating and paying attention
  • increased errors
  • headaches
  • sleep worries
  • upset stomach
  • feeling ill or unwell

Get a diagnosis. When normal daily function becomes difficult, it's time to see a doctor. It's important to determine the root cause of your insomnia and what you can do to get back on the right track. Your doctor may ask you to keep a sleep diary or may even suggest an overnight trip to a sleep clinic to monitor your sleeping patterns more closely. Once you take steps to manage and treat insomnia, relief is on its way.