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Individuals who suffer from insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and do not feel rested when they wake up in the morning. Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours slept, since the amount of sleep needed can vary from one person to another, and our sleep requirements may decrease as we age. Generally speaking, it is estimated that adults need between 5 and 10 hours of sleep every night. The average is between 7 and 8 hours. The proper amount of sleep is the amount that allows an individual to wake refreshed, regardless of the number of hours slept.
Short-term or acute insomnia
Usually associated with stressors (e.g., loss of a loved one, job loss, divorce). This type of insomnia lasts a few days to less than three months.
Chronic insomnia is characterized by difficulty sleeping for at least one month and occurs at least three nights per week. This type of insomnia is often associated with medical conditions (e.g., depression, pain, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease).
It is important for individuals who suffer from insomnia to develop good sleeping habits. Here are a few tips to help you sleep better:
Sleeping pills may be effective when dealing with insomnia. They should, however, only be used once the preceding recommendations have been put into practice. Furthermore, these medications should not be used on a daily basis for an extended period, as they may lead to dependency.
As previously mentioned, insomnia may be caused by a medical condition. Specific medication may therefore be required, which could also help you with your insomnia. Do not hesitate to contact your healthcare practitioner for additional advice.
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