10 Things You Didn't Know About Insomnia

by Martin Reed Patient Advocate

Somewhere around 60 million Americans are affected by the sleep disorder known as insomnia every year. While most people have heard of it or maybe even experienced it to some degree, there are many things that people don't know about the condition.

Knowing more about this common sleep disorder can help people suffering from it get the help they need and give those who know others suffering from the condition a better understanding of what they are going through.

Here are ten facts about insomnia that many people aren't aware of:

1. People with insomnia do sleep, but rarely when they want to! Most people with insomnia will get some sort of sleep throughout the day, but they often don't choose when they fall asleep.

2. Many people with insomnia develop "sleep rituals" that can become so obsessive they may actually prevent them from falling asleep.

3. People with insomnia are sometimes accused of abusing drugs because of their red eyes or otherwise disheveled appearance.

4. Some people with insomnia fall asleep while using the toilet simply because they are so exhaused.

5. When people with insomnia actually do fall asleep, they often have a hard time staying asleep and may only get 20 - 45 minutes of actual rest during this period.

6. Many people who suffer from insomnia also suffer from depression. Poor sleep can lead to depression, and depression can lead to poor sleep. Studies have found it's hard to tell which one comes first.

7. When someone with insomnia feels tired during the day, they may fight the urge to take a nap because they are afraid they will not be able to fall asleep at night.

8. People with insomnia are easily disturbed during the night. They may try to make their room as dark and quiet as possible, but they'll probably still find something that keeps them awake.

9. Some people have been suffering from insomnia for longer than they think since when they were younger they may have been heavier users of alcohol or recreational drugs that may have masked their symptoms.

10. Many people believe that insomnia stems from stress -- which is true in many cases -- but it can also be a symptom of many other health conditions.

Knowing more about insomnia can help those suffering from it figure out what can be done to make their situation better. The more people know about this condition, the easier it will be for them to take preventative measures before short-term sleeplessness turns into chronic insomnia.

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free online insomnia sleep training. His course will teach you how to sleep better without sleeping pills. Over 4,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 97 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend.

Martin Reed
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Martin Reed

Martin is the creator of Insomnia Coach, an eight-week course that combines online sleep education with individual sleep coaching. His course helps clients improve their sleep so they can enjoy a better life with more energy and start each day feeling happy, healthy, rested, and refreshed. Martin also runs a free sleep training course that has helped over 5,000 insomniacs. He holds a master’s degree in health and wellness education and studied clinical sleep health at the University of Delaware.