Insomnia or sleeplessness in simple words is difficulty in falling and staying asleep. Sleeplessness is very common and can affect at multiple levels in our body and mind. The estimated prevalence of difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep is about 30%
DSM-5 is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and serves as the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses
Symptoms of insomnia as per DSM-5 criteria are as follows:
Predominant complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality associated with one (or more) of the following symptoms:
Commonest causes of insomnia:
Primary insomnia: Insomnia due to primary sleep disorder
Secondary insomnia: Insomnia due to some underlying causes like-
So, ideally cause of insomnia should be identified first and then treated accordingly.
Do not get addicted to sleeping pills before knowing the cause for your insomnia.
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