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What are the Different Types of Insomnia?

What are the Different Types of Insomnia?

Key Takeaways

  • There are many types of insomnia, which can stem from many different causes.
  • Some are caused by stress, but can be caused by different substances, or seemingly no reason at all.
  • There are different treatments for insomnia, and, depending on which kind you have, it could be treated with therapy, medication, or meditation.

Insomnia, also referred to as ‘sleeping disorder’ is mostly characterized by lots of factors including fatigue, physical discomfort, and psychological distress due to difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep for seven to eight hours a night. Insomnia is confirmed to be dangerous when it is accompanied with distress linked with getting tired and having very low concentration at work with poor work relations.

There exists different types of insomnia including adjustment insomnia, which is sometimes referred to as acute insomnia. This is a short-term insomnia that alters one's sleep and usually results from stress or overthinking concerning a particular issue at night. This kind of insomnia ends when the origin of stress is out or when an individual gets used to that specific kind of situation. That sort of stress doesn't always emanate from something bad; sometimes it occurs due to one getting overly happy about an event or change of a situation positively. To diagnose acute insomnia no serious tests are required to be conducted or established. All one needs to do is change their lifestyle pattern – from meditation to changing their diet; from regular exercising to proper sleeping pattern – all this, when executed properly, will help diminish acute insomnia.

There also exists the childhood insomnia, or behavioral insomnia. This kind of condition occurs when kids can’t retire to bed unless a parent or guardian pressures them to go to sleep. Behavioral insomnia is highly prevalent, affecting approximately 25% of children all over the globe. In this kind of situation, if the kids are forced to retire to bed at specific times, they get used to that time and could be sleepy when that time reaches. If kids are not restricted to the time they retire to bed, then they will be up at night for long hours with no sleep. Behavioral insomnia habitually results in inadequate sleep, leading to an array of negative effects on both the child and the child's family.

Idiopathic insomnia is another type of insomnia which deals with a lifetime disorder that develops when one is young and lasts from his or her youth years to adulthood to old age. This type of insomnia is not well known and it is said that the cause of it doesn’t result from other sleep problems, medical issues, and psychiatric issues like stress situations, arising due to the use of medicine or any other behavior. It is assumed to result from lack of balance in the body. Also known as ‘child onset insomnia’, the idiopathic insomnia includes side effects like having an extremely sensitive body when waking up and a low sense of sleeping – although the main cause of this condition is not clear, the only certain thing about idiopathic insomnia is that it may have some severe effects on the quality of life, productivity, and mental health.

Insomnia due to drug or substance consuming is another type of insomnia. This is associated with using of medicines, caffeine, alcohol, or some other specific food items. The use of these substances alters one's sleeping pattern, and this type of condition may last even after stopping the consumption of that specific substance. Insomnia stemming from a medical condition is also another type of insomnia resulting in lack of or difficulty falling asleep; many people complained of having the same problem of waking at night or having a poor sleep pattern. This condition is only bad when it results in distress to someone and requires medication or a side treatment.

There is yet another type of insomnia that occurs due to a mental health disorder. This type of insomnia is a sign of health disorder. The severity of this disorder is directly associated with mental health problems. This kind of insomnia is treated separately, and is hazardous only when it proves to be hard to cure, despite the consumption of the prescribed dose of medications approved by a specialist.

Moving to the next type of insomnia, which is generally termed as insomnia nonorganic; characterized by mental health issues, psychological problems and sleep affecting factors, this type of insomnia generally originates when one doesn’t show characteristic of any other type of insomnia.As its antonym, there also prevails another type of insomnia termed as insomnia organic, which is a disorder resulting from physical issues and sometimes medicinal issues. This insomnia has no specific cause behind its origin; a testing is done to determine the cause.

Paradoxical insomnia is also another type of insomnia that occurs but never results in any effects on one's sleep. People suffering from this condition rarely sleep at night for many days. There is a high level of hyperarousal for these individuals where they take a lot of time to fall asleep. Also, there is a short time of sleeping duration noted in this type of insomnia. Paradoxical insomniacs have an intense awareness of their surroundings throughout the entire time that they are awake during the night. Sometimes, they might even think that they've gone without sleep for days, though critical the side effects of this kind of insomnia deals with lone moderate signs of daytime fatigue.

Psychological insomnia is the last type of insomnia which occurs due to excessive thinking and occurs after many years. This condition worsens with every stress that one continues to experience due to lack of sleep. More than one-half of insomnia cases all around the globe are related to depression, anxiety, or psychological stress. Often the traits of a person's insomnia are directly related to their behavioral prototype in the society – studying this prototype can be extremely helpful in determining the role of mental illness in a person's inability to sleep.The more trouble you have with sleep, the more it starts to invade your thoughts. The best way to cure insomnia is to understand the root cause of it and then getting help and consulting of an expert or specialist dealing in the same field.The more you avoid the situation, the more it will invade to degrade the proper functioning of your body.