It’s around 2 or 3 in the morning, isn’t it? You’re still up tossing and turning, so the first thing you do is pull out your phone, and Google “can’t sleep”. You click on a page about insomnia and find the symptoms:
Maybe this is you, maybe it's not. But either way, here is some quick advice. Turn off your phone, get a cold drink of water, maybe take a quick stroll around the block, and go back to bed.
The blue light from your device is only keeping you up. You can finish this article tomorrow, and please do! It might have some useful information for you. But get some rest, you deserve it!
Now, if you're still reading, hopefully, you picked this article up during the day, or you ignored me. Which is fine, you don’t know me. Either way, here are 10 facts that you may not have known.
Acute and chronic insomnia are the two most common types of insomnia that patients are diagnosed with.
Insomnia is the most common sleeping disorder. This is how many people suffer from the disorder.
Women are twice as likely to suffer when compared to men. Experts say that a variety of hormones likely play a role in poor sleep quality. Here are some other statistics relating to women’s health and sleeplessness that are noteworthy.
“Pregnant women are significantly more likely than women, in general, to experience any symptom of insomnia at least a few nights a week (84% vs. 67%).” — The National Sleep Foundation 2007 Women and Sleep Poll. 
Children and teens potentially need more rest than anyone. This disorder can be troubling for them as well as their parents.
There is a strong link between sleeplessness and certain substances like caffeine, alcohol, and even nicotine. These have causation that can run both ways. Example, this disorder can cause addiction versus the addiction causing restless nights.
“A moderate dose of caffeine at bedtime, 3 hours prior to bedtime, or 6 hours prior to bedtime each have significant effects on sleep disturbance…” — Medical Professionals from Sleep Disorders & Research Center, Henry Ford Hospital 
As adults continue to get older, they often struggle to get the shut-eye they need. A National Sleep Foundation report found that 39% of elderly people report having a hard time falling asleep.
Research shows that sleep deprivation in some form is present among most psychiatric disorders. The question remains for many suffering with these conditions, which came first, sleeplessness or the psychiatric disorder?
Sleep deprivation takes a heavy toll on the economy. Research shows that getting less than 8 hours of rest per night takes a large chunk of money from workers and employers alike.
Both sad and scary, but severe conditions can lead to death, so if this sounds like you: listen up!
You can’t blame your parents for everything not going well in your life, but this one might be partly their fault. Research shows your ancestors may have passed their restless nights onto you. Here’s how.
Oh sleep, Oh gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse How have I frighted thee?
That though no more will weigh mine eyelids down
And sleep my senses in forgetfulness?
Henry IV, William Shakespeare
Acute and chronic cases of sleeplessness can be a serious issue for so many people. It can take a heavy toll, leaving a serious impact on performance and your life in general. If you think your problem may be chronic, consult your doctor to begin your path to recovery. Hopefully, you can find the rest you need and deserve.
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