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Insomnia is more complex than what you might know it to be...

Myths vs Facts on Sleep

Myth: When an individual is persistently finding it difficult to fall asleep they are suffering from insomnia

Fact: Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Insomnia is complex as it includes one of the two or both.

For an individual to be diagnosed with insomnia, they should be experiencing the following for at least 3 nights each week for more than three months

- Dissatisfaction with sleep quality/quantity (e.g., difficulty falling asleep, staying sleep, early-morning awakening)

- Suffering significant distress or daytime impairment

- Does not have any coexisting mental disorders or medical conditions that could otherwise cause what appears to be insomnia

In other words, difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, waking up too early in the morning, difficulty falling back to sleep after waking up, and feeling unrefreshed throughout the waking day.

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing this, kindly meet a sleep specialist for appropriate treatment.

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