Sleep Disorder: What Is Insomnia- it’s Definition, Causes, Symptoms, & Prevention?

Tue, Apr 24, 2018



We’ve all had our fair share of sleepless nights. All the tossing and turning in our beds, just waiting for sleep to come. But if you’re like most people, you probably didn’t know that the amount of sleepless nights that you’re experiencing is already a sleep disorder called insomnia.


What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people experience a difficulty in falling and/or staying asleep. Having insomnia greatly reduces the number of hours you get to sleep at night. Which in turn, affects your mood, energy, concentration, and performance at work or in school during the day.


What causes insomnia?

The following are the most common causes of insomnia:


What are the symptoms of insomnia?

You may be suffering from insomnia if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Waking up during wee hours of the night
  • Feeling tired and exhausted as soon as you wake up
  • You feel sleepy during the day
  • Depressed, anxious or irritable,
  • You find it hard to focus and remember things


How to prevent insomnia?

When it comes to insomnia, prevention is the cure. Change your sleeping habits for a better sleep health by following these few simple steps: 

  • Keep your electronic devices out of your reach during bedtime.
  • Don’t bring your work at home.
  • Don’t consume any alcohol before going to bed.
  • Create a regular sleep cycle and stick to it.
  • Make sure that your mattress is comfortable for sleeping. If your mattress is already more than 10 years old, consider buying a new one.
  • Make the temperature of your room as cool as possible.
  • Don’t take naps during the day.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Consume light meals at night.


If you’ve already tried the steps mentioned above and you’re still having trouble sleeping at night, it’s time to consult your doctor. Or get an in-home sleep study done, to find out the underlying cause of your sleeping problem.