A sleep disorder that refers to patients suffering from poor sleep or no sleep is called insomnia. It can entail waking up too early in the morning, problems staying asleep (such as waking up over and over throughout the night), problems falling asleep, or not feeling rested after a night's slumber. Roughly one-third of a person's life is spent sleeping, so sleep is quite necessary to a healthy, functioning body and life. Not enough sleep can affect the body in many ways, such as decreased appetite, increased fatigue, mood swings, diminished attention span, deficiency of motivation, little or no energy and problems with concentration.


Insomnia Types and Effects

There are three classifications of insomnia. The first is termed transient or mild, which entails sleep problems that continue for a short term of a few days; symptoms are slight or non-existent. Next is short-term or moderate. Sleep impairment in this case lasts for a little less than a month. affecting the body with moderate symptoms during the day. Exhaustion and irritability also usually accompany this type. Chronic or severe insomnia refers to sleep problems that stretch on for longer than a month. This type is the most serious of the three and symptoms are equally severe, causing severe impairment during the day, and also causing irritability, exhaustion, fretfulness and agitation.

Insomnia can lead to some very marring side effects. Obviously the body will be impaired due to lack of sleep. Mental functions such as memory and concentration will not be at their best, stress and depression will be enhanced, and headaches crop up at anytime. Patients with insomnia are at risk for heart disease as well. Performance in job environments or in day-to-day tasks will be affected as well. Anyone can be at risk for insomnia, and if you suspect that you have it, you should consult your primary physician as to what is the best treatment for you.