Insomnia is defined as ‘chronic complaints of unsatisfactory sleep, despite having adequate opportunity to sleep’. (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In essence, this means it is a recurring and regular problem falling, staying asleep, or maintaining a restful sleep.
According to the Canadian Sleep Society (2012) 30%-40% of the population are effected by insomnia every year, and of those, 10% are effected severely enough to interfere with daily activities. This means over a quarter of the population has complaints of difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking too early, and not having sleep that is refreshing, perhaps more disturbing, these trends seem to be on the rise, particularly where adolescents are concerned (the better sleep council of Canada, 2009).
I often go through periods of poor sleep, and often find myself looking for solutions before it becomes a bigger problem.
The symptoms, and consequences of insomnia can vary greatly depending on the severity, and the person suffering (age, gender, etc.). Some common symptoms of insomnia are fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.