This report warns of the hidden dangers and one potential cause of chronic sleep deprivation, namely, sleep apnea, for which a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine may be prescribed. Other recommendations include weight loss and exercise.
Basically insomnia is when you have trouble falling asleep, can't stay asleep during the night or just keep waking up too early in the morning. Any of these signs may be clues to you having some type of insomnia.
While there are estimated to be some 80 different types of sleep disorders and sleeping problems, many researchers think that insomnia is considered to be the number one sleep problem experienced by people today.
In fact, studies have estimated that at any given time, as many as 1 of 10 adults worldwide is suffering from some form of insomnia. And with a world population of some 6.94 billion folks, this means you are not the only cranky person dealing with prolonged sleep deprivation!
Insomnia can be defined as intermittent (off and on), acute (short term or temporary) and chronic (long term or constant).
The vast majority of people will only experience intermittent or sporadic episodes of insomnia. These frustrating bouts of sleeplessness can be brought on by...
• A sudden overload of stress, worry or emotional issues stemming from such things as death, divorce, marriage or child birth
• Disturbances in your surrounding environment such as extremes in temperatures or a sudden increase or surprisingly a decrease in noise or lights
• A change in your sleep or work schedule such as a move to a new shift, a new job or jet lag from flying or traveling
• The use of over the counter (OTC) medicines such as cold, allergy or flu remedies frequently use "non-drowsy" formulas which might disrupt your sleep patterns for time.
However if you experience trouble falling sleeping for longer than 2 to 3 weeks or you have problems as frequently as 3 or more times a week, then you probably are dealing with an acute or temporary bout of insomnia. Both intermittent and temporary bouts of insomnia normally don't require medical assistance and over time will evaporate on their own with no lasting effects.
But if you start to experience long-term or chronic insomnia, basically any type of sleeplessness that lasts longer than 4 weeks should be investigated by a medical professional. Constant sleep deprivation brought on by chronic insomnia can lead to mental and physical fatigue, car crashes, and workplace accidents along with possible depression and anxiety issues.
So no matter what form of insomnia you may be suffering from, you should always pay attention to your sleep habits and be on the look out for ways to lessen sleep insomnia's more serious or harmful side effects.