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Insomnia Symptoms

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Overview

Symptoms of insomnia may differ from person to person. Insomnia sufferers may complain of difficulty falling asleep at night and lie in bed tossing and turning for hours. Some may able to fall asleep, however, they wake up in the middle of the night and may not fall asleep for hours. In some cases, insomnia presents as early morning awakenings. After waking up at wee hours of the morning, you may be unable to to go back to sleep, or you may drift into an unsatisfying sleep. This is a common symptom in the elderly and those who are suffering from depression.

Insomnia and Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms are also quite common among insomnia sufferers. It has been found that people with insomnia seek medical help more and are often less satisfied with their health compared with those who do not have insomnia. Common additional physical complaints of people with insomnia include:

  • headaches
  • diarrhea
  • stomach discomfort
  • heart palpitations
  • non-specific pain

Insomnia may cause a variety of symptoms that may affect your daytime functioning. You may find yourself struggling with sleepiness or daytime fatigue. If you're unable to meet your sleep needs, you may not feel rejuvenated, and this may affect your mood. You may be irritable and anxious. Your ability to carry out normal tasks may also be compromised because you may find it difficult to focus. Some patients with insomnia also find it difficult to remember things.

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