Having trouble sleeping soundly at night? Do you constantly toss and turn to the point you spend countless hours staring up at the ceiling? You’re not alone, and you may have what is commonly known as “insomnia.”

     Insomnia, also known as “habitual sleeplessness” or “the inability to sleep,” is one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States.  According to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there are two types of insomnia: acute insomnia and chronic insomnia.  Acute insomnia is classified as short-term sleep deprivation or a brief episode of difficulty with sleeping, where chronic insomnia is a lasting, long-term pattern of loosing nightly rest.

     The American Sleep Association states that more than 30% of the adult population suffers from insomnia, which means that one in three people suffer from this condition sometime during their lifetime. Knowing that you’re not alone may take a little weight off of your shoulders, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are some serious health concerns that occur with this condition. Common symptoms of insomnia include:

-irritability

-sleepiness during the day

-fatigue

-low energy and/or motivation

-concentration and/or memory problems

     So what can be done to help reduce the symptoms of this condition? For starters, eating well during the day can really make a huge difference. Be sure to avoid caffeine during the evening hours and to fill your diet with natural foods during the day to fuel your body.  Setting a regular sleep schedule at night can also help regulate your body and mind to stick to a sleep pattern.  Most importantly, be sure to have a mattress that fits your body’s needs.  Sometimes, all it takes is the right mattress to turn a sleepless night into a well rested day-and maybe to even cure your case of insomnia! 

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