Insomnia is the inability to have an enough amount of sleep. Unlike many people think, insomnia isn’t a one type condition. The difficulty can be in falling asleep, remaining asleep, or both leaving the sufferer unrested upon waking. It can be caused by various conditions, diseases, or circumstances. The key is to find the underlying cause with a medical professional to start treating it. Here are 7 types of insomnia that can cause sleep issues.
1. Adjustment insomnia: This is the term used to describe short-term insomnia or acute insomnia and it usually occurs due to stress. Insomnia should end once the stress resolved or once you start to adapt to the stress.
2. Behavioral insomnia of childhood: This type of insomnia occurs when children don’t go to bed at a normal time. Children may stay awake into the early hours of the morning if left without specified sleeping times.
3. Idiopathic insomnia: Idiopathic insomnia is a lifelong sleep disorder that starts during infancy or childhood and continues into adulthood. This insomnia also has no clear cause, as it is not the result of a sleep disorder, medical problem, psychological problem, stress, medication, or poor sleep hygiene.
4. Insomnia due to medical condition: Sometimes insomnia is brought on by a medical condition. This may be due to allergies, a heart condition, an injury, or medical conditions which can cause pain, such as cancer, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Insomnia in these cases is viewed as a side effect of the condition and requires separate attention and treatment.
5. Non-organic unspecified insomnia: This type of insomnia is caused by a medical disorder, physical condition, or substance exposure. But the specific cause remains unknown. Further testing is required to discover the exact cause. The name may be used on a temporary basis while further evaluation and testing are completed.
6. Insomnia due to mental disorder: Not only the medical conditions that can cause insomnia but also mental disorder can cause insomnia. Psychiatric conditions that can cause insomnia include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and others. Insomnia is viewed as a side effect of the disorder and requires separate attention and treatment.
7. Psychophysiological insomnia: It is associated with excessive worrying, specifically focused on not being able to sleep. The disorder may start suddenly following an event or develop slowly over many years.