I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Mention insomnia, and most people think you’re talking about difficulty falling asleep. That’s a very common type of insomnia. Actually, though, there are different types of insomnia that deal with sleep quality, falling asleep, staying asleep, and other problems.
Knowing what form of insomnia you’re dealing with is important to treat it effectively. Here are five common types of insomnia that might be affecting your waking hours and some of their causes.
1 – Acute Insomnia
This may also be referred to as short-term insomnia. It lasts only a few days or up to a month. It is also called adjustment insomnia because it commonly shows up when someone has undergone either a change in their environment or has experienced some traumatic or stressful event. This could be caused by a move or relocation, deadlines on the job or at school, or the death of a loved one.
2 – Onset Insomnia
Some people have a problem falling asleep. Once they finally do slip off consciousness, they have no problems staying asleep. If you struggle to fall asleep, this condition could be caused by mood swings or hormonal imbalances. Depression, anxiety, or taking caffeine too close to bedtime may also be the cause.
3 – Maintenance Insomnia
This is an issue with staying asleep once you enter a sleeping state. With this problem, you may wake up at night and have an issue going back to sleep. This is often related to psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. It can be caused by some medicines, asthma, sleep apnea, and other respiratory conditions.
4 – Chronic Insomnia
This may be the most debilitating form of insomnia. The Stanford Health Care department reports that this is regularly occurring insomnia that lasts more than six months. Some doctors may diagnose chronic insomnia if the patient experiences difficulty sleeping at least three out of every seven days for a minimum of a month.
This sleeping problem is further broken down into either primary or secondary conditions. Primary chronic insomnia (idiopathic insomnia) has no specific cause and exists without any other existing disease present. Secondary chronic insomnia (comorbid insomnia) is more common than the primary variation and is often related to other medical conditions.
5 – Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood (BIC)
BIC can be broken down into three types: 1) sleep onset, 2) limit setting, and 3) combined type. BIC sleep onset means a child has a problem falling asleep. This can be treated by creating a healthier sleep routine and environment. BIC limit setting describes a child’s refusal to go to bed. BIC combined type combines the first two variations of this insomnia.
If you or someone you know is having issues sleeping, consult your doctor or another health professional. They can refer you to someone who specializes in sleep problems and disorders. Knowing the types of insomnia helps you get to the root of what you’re dealing with to treat it properly and reestablish healthy sleep patterns as quickly as possible.
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