Cause and Effects of Insomnia Essay

1120 Words Apr 20th, 2014 5 Pages
In 2011 after I came back from Afghanistan, I was diagnosed with mild insomnia. At first I didn’t understand what it was or why I was experiencing it. I have learned that my insomnia is due partially to pain. I have now been living with Insomnia for the past 2 years and still am learning more about it. Most people think that insomnia is just the inability to sleep. It actually has different levels that include having a hard time going to sleep, and staying asleep, and not feeling rested when you wake up or like most people think which is an extreme example is people who can’t sleep at all. Something else I didn’t know about insomnia was the effects of it. Pain, mental disorders, and breathing problems can cause insomnia, and …show more content…
Many soldiers have been found to suffer from insomnia do to issues like PTSD, TBI and combat stress. People who suffer from high stress or even anxiety have been known to develop insomnia. These are just some of the causes more research is still being done to understand what causes insomnia and better ways to control it. It is estimated that over 30% of the total population suffers from insomnia., Now that some of the causes of insomnia have been identified we will go over some of the effects of insomnia. The first one we will go over is irritability. Doctors are finding that patients suffering from insomnia don’t normally complain of how tired they feel. They start off by complaining about their symptoms. One of the first effects patients’ reports of experiencing is irritability and has been seen as a first indicator of acute insomnia. Irritability can lead to so many different problems. Irritability can affect your daily life, and the way you interact with people. Most people think that the irritability is just something that happens at first and that it might not be an indicator of something more serious. Everyone has woken up at some point irritated but when you begin waking up more often than not, irritated that you are still tired it is a good idea to go and seek help for it. Also impaired concentration and memory is also a symptom of insomnia. In research studies conducted by Dr. Dickelman, and Dr. Born in 2010, and Dr. Walker in

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