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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that Monday, March 10, 2014, is Insomnia Awareness Day.

Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep.

About 10% of U.S. adults have a chronic insomnia disorder.

Insomnia can have a negative impact on your health, quality of life and performance.

Effective treatments for insomnia include cognitive behavioral therapy and sleep medications.

Insomnia Awareness Day facts and stats

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By Thomas M. Heffron  |  Mar 10, 2014
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AASM Insomnia Awareness Day

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that today is Insomnia Awareness Day. Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a brief problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle.

How common is insomnia among adults? Here are the numbers:
• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months.
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months.

Chronic insomnia can have a negative impact on your health, increasing your risk of depression and high blood pressure. It also can lower your quality of life. Common symptoms of insomnia include:

• Fatigue
• Inability to focus or concentrate
• Poor memory
• Mood disturbance
• Daytime sleepiness
• Low motivation or energy
• Increased errors or accidents

Insomnia also can keep you from performing your best at school or work. One study estimated that an employee with insomnia loses about eight days of work performance each year. For the entire U.S. workforce, this adds up to an estimated $63 billion in lost work performance due to insomnia each year.

An effective treatment for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. It involves changing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that have a negative impact on your sleep. The positive effects of CBT can be long-lasting.

Sleeping pills also are used frequently to treat insomnia. CDC data suggests that about four percent of U.S. adults used prescription sleep aids in the past month. Like any other drug, sleep medications have side effects and risks. It is important to use sleeping pills safely and properly to treat insomnia.

What should you do if insomnia is having a negative impact on your sleep quality, health or daytime functioning? Contact a local AASM accredited sleep disorders center for help.

Don’t let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well and feeling your best. Get help today.

6 Comments

  1. 1 Alexander 30 Mar
    I have chronic insomnia, have had it for as long as I can remember. Because of this I also suffer from depression. I have tried everything. Natural sleep aids make me throw up or don't work. Unnatural ones don't work. Tea, pills, exercise, changing routine. I have literally done it all. I have spent hundreds of dollars just trying to sleep. I have gone to the doctor multiple times and have either told me that there is no cure or, on my most recent visit, told me he believed I had seasonal allergies that only happen during the summer. (Yes, doctor. Because having the inability to sleep my entire life, is just because I have allergies in the summer) I honestly believe that for some people there is no such thing as a cure. 
  2. 2 restlessness 17 Feb
    I cant fall asleep until literally three am every night. I've grown used to it, though. it hardly affects me anymore.
  3. 3 sleepless in orlando 26 Dec
    What is sleep? Served in the military. Havent been able to sleep good since bootcamp. I dont like taking pills cause i feel like crap the next day. 
  4. 4 Salli 23 Dec
    I am actually reading this in the middle of the night because of my severe insomnia problems. I do take sleeping pills, but it takes a couple of hours to work. The negative side effects actually go with what happens with me during the day. Most of the time, I fall asleep in class and miss out on important notes. I just wish I can find an answer to this problem.
  5. 5 the 04 Nov
    lol
  6. 6 Snooze for Kids 27 Apr
    Thanks for sharing great tips and thoughts. This a big help for insomnia problems.

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