Sleep difficulty, which is also known as dyssomnia, can include a range of problems such as difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking during the night, and waking up too early in the morning. Dyssomnia can cause difficulty concentrating and drowsiness during the day.
As many as 1 in 4 Americans experience occasional sleep difficulty, and up to 10% experience chronic problems with dyssomnia. Long-term sleep difficulty can make it very difficult for the sufferer to perform their daily responsibilities as well as impair their ability to enjoy life.
Everyone is different, and the right amount of sleep varies from person to person. While one person may only need about 5 hours of sleep per night, another may need 10. The signs that someone is not getting enough sleep include:
- Feeling unrefreshed upon waking.
- Drowsiness throughout the day.
- Inability to concentrate or focus.
Insomnia can be linked to other problems including depression, anxiety, and sleep apnea, so it is important to consult a physician if sleep difficulty is chronic and seriously detrimental.