DISTINGUISH DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSOMNIA EASILY
One of the reasons why lack of sleep is so hard to be defined is because there are different types of the condition.
All of these affect different individuals in various ways, and happen as a result of several situations or medical conditions.
Transient insomnia is the lightest form of this sleep disorder because it lasts up to three nights. Although it affects people for a short period, it still has some serious effects, such as the inability to focus, poor eye-hand coordination, bad mood, etc.
This type is often caused by immediate problems, such as travel, jet lag or sudden stress (e.g., death of a loved one).
Acute insomnia is more serious than transient, and its symptoms persist for a couple of weeks, which can cause a person who is experiencing it severe difficulties in daytime functioning.
Similar like transient, short-term insomnia can be associated with an identifiable cause, such as changes at work and moving to another home, or any other situation which causes prolonged stress.
Depending on the individual’s mental and physical health, the same cause can lead to either transient or acute insomnia.
Chronic insomnia can last for months and even years.
It is a very complex condition, which can range from inability to sleep properly for a prolonged period of time or a total lack of sleep during that period.
According to National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, chronic insomnia rarely occurs as a response to a sudden stress, and it more frequently happens as a side-effect or symptom of another problem, such as medical conditions, substances, and medicines.
Although all of these circumstances may be a reason to ask for professional help, or at least try to use natural remedies, chronic insomnia is by far the most dangerous one, as it can severely compromise your health, energy level, mood, work performance and ability to think clearly.
The mentioned three types of insomnia cover almost every aspect of this condition, but The International Classification of Sleep Disorders provided a more advanced and thorough listing of specific subtypes of insomnia:
1. Adjustment Insomnia
Reaction to identifiable stressor commonly related to individual’s social life, physical health or environmental changes.
2. Behavioral Insomnia Of Childhood
It affects children after the period of parental nurturing is replaced with independence.
3. Idiopathic Insomnia
It happens with no logical reasons, starts early in life and never ends.
4. Insomnia Due To Medical Condition
Inability to sleep due to medical factors.
5. Insomnia Due To Mental Disorder:
Lack of sleep caused by a psychiatric disorder.
When a doctor can give diagnose of the origin.
There is a cause contributing the onset of insomnia, but it can’t be specified.
8. Paradoxical Insomnia:
A patient is complaining about insomnia, but there is no evidence pointing out to this condition (no daytime impairment).
9. Psycho-physiological Insomnia
Result of sleep-related anxiety or worry, which worsens the existing insomnia.
10. Sleep Hygiene Insomnia:
It occurs as a result of poor sleeping habits (e.g. staying up too late to watch TV).
11. Substance Induced Insomnia:
The person’s ability to sleep is disrupted by alcohol, drugs, caffeine or medicines.
Knowing the info from this list, you’ll be (almost certainly) able to distinguish different types of insomnia and help yourself or someone who suffers.