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Insomnia develops in one of every four Americans—but you can fight it.

Insomnia develops in one of every four Americans each year, but despite its prevalence among the general population, insomnia continues to be vastly underdiagnosed. As explained in a 2016 study, patients should be screened for insomnia consistently as they get older, as aging is commonly associated with insomnia symptoms.

And while aging is a very broad risk factor, screening is important to diagnosing and tackling insomnia because 27% of insomniacs don’t even realize they have the condition.

What are the signs of insomnia?

Insomnia can be experienced in three degrees of severity: mild, moderate, or severe. Insomniacs on the milder side of the spectrum may not experience a significant impact on their social functioning or work productivity, but as the severity increases, insomniacs can become crippled by the condition.

Mild insomniacs report receiving inconsistent sleep—they may get great sleep for a few days and then fall into a bout of restless sleep, which brings on the following symptoms:

For insomniacs who suffer from moderate or severe insomnia, the issue is obvious because they experience a significant impact on their personal and professional lives. Those with moderate to severe insomnia experience all of the above symptoms but to a more severe degree.

Moderate insomniacs report almost never experiencing a good night’s rest and can feel the impacts of their sleep deprivation in all aspects of their lives.

Severe insomniacs may feel completely suffocated by this disorder. On top of having trouble sleeping each and every night, they often experience noticeable differences in their ability to maintain relationships and stay on top of their work duties.

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Do I suffer from chronic or acute insomnia?

Insomnia doesn’t have to be your normal. Sleep physicians, like our very own Dr. Dibra, can help. Dr. Dibra is board-certified in sleep medicine and specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of sleep disorders. If you’re ready to take that next step to regain control of your sleep, click here to make your appointment.

Want to learn more about Insomnia? Read our blog, Sleep Disorders 101: Insomnia, here.