Do you have trouble sleeping?
Approximately 10% of the U.S. population has had insomnia that occurred every night for at least two weeks. However, many patients do not discuss it with their physician.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is characterized by repeated difficulty with sleep initiation (the time it takes to fall asleep, normally less than 30 minutes; called sleep latency in sleep studies), duration (normally seven to nine hours per night for adults; also called sleep quantity), consolidation (sleep uninterrupted by arousals or awakenings), or quality that occurs despite adequate time and opportunity for sleep, resulting in daytime impairment. Daytime impairment may include fatigue; tiredness; difficulty with memory, concentration, and attention; worry about sleep; mood disturbances; or irritability.
How is insomnia diagnosed?
Insomnia is usually diagnosed with a patient history that includes evaluation for contributing psychiatric or medical conditions. Depression, anxiety, obesity, cardiac disease, drug use, and other medical problems contribute to insomnia.
First you should take a sleep log that has been designed by the National Institude of Health. Please see below.