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Insomnia Overview

What is insomnia?
A person with insomnia has difficulty sleeping. Insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, waking frequently during the night, or waking too early. About 1 out of 3 people in the US have periods of insomnia. Mild cases of insomnia resolve without treatment. Severe episodes of insomnia respond to treatment and counseling.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?
Nighttime symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, early awakening, interrupted sleep, and restless sleep. Daytime symptoms of insomnia include anxiety, fatigue, irritability, memory loss, sleepiness, tremor, and poor concentration.

How does the doctor treat insomnia?
Treatment for insomnia includes stress reducing activities, relaxation techniques, regular exercise, counseling, and medications for insomnia.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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