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    Understanding Insomnia -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Insomnia?

    Insomnia itself is often a symptom of another problem. Symptoms include:

    • Trouble falling asleep
    • Failure to sleep through the night
    • Waking up earlier than usual
    • Daytime sleepiness
    • Reduced ability to concentrate
    • Irritability


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    Call Your Doctor About Insomnia If:

    • You experience disturbed sleep for more than a month without apparent cause, never seem to get enough sleep, or fall asleep without warning during the day; you may need a referral to a sleep disorders specialist to monitor your sleep patterns and test for an underlying sleep disorder.
    • Your significant other notices that you seem to stop breathing briefly during the night, often associated with severe snoring.; this could be a sign of sleep apnea.
    • Your insomnia is associated with a life-changing event, such as the loss of a job or a loved one; you may benefit from taking sleep medication for a brief period.
    • Your sleep medication is no longer effective, or you have been taking medication for more than a few nights without success


    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 05, 2016

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