Insomnia & You


Insomnia & You

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation

Insomnia can have a significant impact. Some of the effects of insomnia are obvious, while others can be subtle and increase over time. Either way, it’s important to address insomnia.

If you have insomnia, you may feel as though you’re alone. Many people don’t talk about sleep troubles—either because the problem is so long-standing it has become an accepted part of life, or because they believe they should cope with it on their own. Chances are, though, if you talk to people you know, you’ll find someone else with similar sleep troubles.

As anyone who has insomnia will tell you, the very act of lying awake while the rest of the house sleeps can also feel very lonely and frustrating. Tucking into bed with your partner and then tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling or your clock, or getting back up on your own to mull around the living room can be a solitary experience. Whether you live by yourself or in a full household, insomnia can make you feel like you’re the only one still awake while the rest of the world sleeps.

If you can’t sleep, over time, the lack of control and unpredictability you experience can become a source of tension and worry. Not only do people with insomnia feel the effects of insufficient sleep on their mental and physical health, they also tend to feel anxiety or even dread as the evening progresses and the prospect of lying awake again looms. If this cycle sounds familiar, don’t resign yourself to night after night of sub-par sleep and do not blame yourself. Know that insomnia is a sleep problem experienced by many adults and could be caused by something happening in your body that is beyond your control. There are many different treatment options for insomnia available, so talk to your doctor about what might be best for you.

Insomnia Side Effects

Insomnia is difficult in its own right, but it may also cause other issues, both psychological and physical. Many people with insomnia feel more refreshed when they get proper treatment and finally begin to sleep well again.

Chronic insomnia (difficulty sleeping for three months or longer) may also lead to changes in mood, lack of motivation and energy, irritability, and more. When you’re drowsy, it may make you feel tense and preoccupied, and the worry over your inability to sleep can add to this.

For those who take care of small children or have a lot of family and work responsibilities to balance, insomnia can make these tasks feel even more overwhelming when you are tired.