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The symptoms of sleep problems in adults include difficulty sleeping, restless sleep, broken sleep, early morning awakening and not feeling rested after sleep.
Understanding the symptims of sleep problems is essential to treating your concerns and living your best life.
With access to sleep treatments online, sleep problems can be put to bed for good with hub.health.
The importance of sleep
Good sleep is essential in supporting physical and mental health.
When sleep quality is compromised, sleeping problems can lead to a variety of additional health concerns.
Inadequate sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, impaired cognitive functioning, increased stress responsivity, increased hunger and unhealthy eating habits such as overeating and binge eating, and trouble maintaining social commitments and personal relationships.
Signs of sleep problems
Sleeping problems can arise at any time, with the most common symptoms of sleep problems being difficulty falling asleep, lying awake for long periods at night, restlessness and waking up throughout the night, waking up early in the morning unable to fall back asleep, difficulty concentrating during the day, feeling flat or having a lower mood, irritability, and feeling unrested.
Chronic insomnia disorder
Chronic insomnia disorder relates to sleeping problems and associated daytime symptoms that occur at least three days per week for three months or more or repeatedly over several years. It’s estimated that 10% of people have chronic insomnia disorder.
Symptoms of long-term insomnia are generally severe enough to impact a person’s everyday life, particularly their performance at work or school, or ability to be social and engage in family life.
Short-term insomnia disorder
Short-term insomnia disorder relates to sleeping problems and associated daytime symptoms that occur for less than three months and may not happen for three days per week. It’s estimated that 15-20% of adults experience short-term insomnia annually.
Typically, the cause of short-term insomnia is linked to an external life stressor, such as divorce, work-related stress, major illness, or the death of a loved one.
Source: Suni, E. (2022). Sleep Disorders: Insomnia [Sleep Foundation Org]. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/insomnia
Symptoms of insomnia
Chronic insomnia and short-term insomnia share symptoms. The only difference is the regularity and length of time of symptoms.
The most common symptoms of insomnia relating to nighttime sleep include:
- Difficulty getting to sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Frequent intermittent nocturnal arousals
- Early morning awakening
- Resisting sleep at bedtime (for children and adolescents)
- Waking feeling tired
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Feeling distressed about the inability to sleep
Additionally, a person must experience at least one of the following daytime symptoms related to their sleeping problems:
- Impaired focus or memory
- Brain fog
- Irritability or disturbed mood
- Trouble with work, school, or social performance
- Increased risk of accidents or mistakes
- Worry or distress about sleeping patterns
- Behavioural issues, like hyperactivity or aggressiveness
- Decreased motivation
How to know if you have insomnia and not occasional sleeplessness?
An occasional bout of sleeplessness doesn’t always mean insomnia. Sleep problems are only considered insomnia when they persistently cause distress and negatively impact one or many aspects of a person’s life, such as work and relationships.
Working out how to fix sleeping problems is essential in supporting a healthy life. The good news is that you’re not alone in achieving better sleep with the hub.health medical team that specialises in treating sleep problems in adults.
It’s time to look after your health
Regardless of the type of sleep problem, effective sleep treatments are available. If you’re experiencing any early signs of sleeping problems, seeking help has never been easier.
Start a conversation with the hub.health medical team and take the first step toward a healthier you.
Am I guaranteed a prescription and sleep treatment?
hub.health doctors provide the highest standard of healthcare, assessing each patient on an individual basis. If our medical team determines a potential risk related to a specific sleep treatment, it will not be issued. Your doctor may provide recommendations for next steps, including in-person GP visits for further assessment.
Can I be prescribed stronger sleep treatments?
hub.health doctors cannot prescribe sleep treatments such as Benzodiazepines (benzos) as they are potentially habit-forming drugs. If you think you may need these, please speak to your local GP.
Can I speak with my assigned clinician at any time?
Of course! Our online platform enables ongoing support whenever you need it. To chat with your medical team, log into your profile, head to the ‘Products’ tab and select ‘Manage Treatment’. This is where you can message your clinician.
Our team is also available at [email protected] Drop us a line, anytime.
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