What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Insomnia?

Daytime fatigue, sleepiness, loss of memory—sound familiar?

The main symptom of insomnia is trouble falling or staying asleep, which leads to lack of sleep. If you have insomnia, you may:

  • Lie awake in bed before you fall asleep
  • Sleep for only short spurts
  • Be awake much of the night
  • Feel as if you haven't slept at all
  • Wake up too early

Lack of quality sleep can leave you feeling tired or not well-rested during the day. This may lead to trouble focusing on tasks. Insomnia can cause you to feel anxious, depressed, or irritable.

Of concern for pain patients is that insomnia can affect your ability to function during the day. Depending on the pain medications you take, adding lack of sleep to the mix can lead to feeling drowsy (sedated), especially while driving. According to the National Institute of Health, driver sleepiness (not related to alcohol) is responsible for almost 20% of all serious car crash injuries. Research also shows that insomnia raises the risk of falling in older women.

If insomnia is affecting your ability to perform daily activities, talk with your doctor. There are treatment options that may address your sleep problem and help with your pain management routine. Finding and treating those problems could improve your overall health.

Updated on: 04/14/15
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