Some facts about insomnia are contained in this article.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by chronic problems falling asleep, staying asleep or only sleeping for several hours and being wake unable to fall back to sleep. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Both organic and non-organic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder.

Sleep medicine is a recognized medical subspecialty. Doctors who specialize in sleep medicine help people who are unable to sleep well. Sleep doctors are able to detect and treat both common and rare sleep disorders. Some common sleep disorders are insomnia, jet lag, sleepwalking, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Children with sleep problems cause sleep problems with the whole family’s sleep habits. Men also suffer from sleep disorders because men are most know for keeping irregular sleep schedules.

Sleep plays a vital role in promoting a woman’s health and well being. Experts suggest that most men and women need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Yet there are many differences in how men and women sleep. In general women tend to sleep more than men, going to bed and falling asleep earlier. A woman’s sleep also tends to be lighter and more easily disturbed. Women are more likely to feel unrefreshed even after a full night of sleep.

Women also tend to describe sleep problems using different terms than men. There are many complex factors that may affect how a woman sleeps. In contrast older women appear to adapt better to periods of sleep loss. Millions of women suffer from an ongoing sleep disorder.

Suggestions for help in sleep, are sleeping on a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, and exercising regularly, A well used and healthy body has very little trouble sleeping. But lets say that you have followed all the tips for getting enough sleep. You may be thinking about over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids or other sleep supplements. OTC sleep aids are effective for an occasional sleepless night.

But before trying OTC or herbal sleep aids, you should visit with your family doctors as insomnia can be the symptoms of many other medical disorders. And if you taking any prescription drugs, the drug might not react as needed when mixed with herbs.

If sleep time isn’t a good time for you, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about your options. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) makes sure that people with sleep problems get the best medical care.
The AASM accredits centers and labs that treat people who have sleep problems. In 1977 the AASM accredited the first sleep disorders center. The AASM also certifies behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialists. These doctors’ help people improve their sleep by changing how they think and behave.

Schools in the United States, and in many other countries, sleep deprivation is common among students. School aged children should be getting between 8.5 and 9.25 hours of sleep but many do not. A National Sleep Foundation survey found that college/university-aged students get an average of 6.8 hours of sleep each night.

Sleeping only five hours a night may change our appearance because of the link between obesity and insufficient sleep. The hottest sleep peddlers aren’t pharmaceutical companies or sleep clinics, but destination spas.

Other information on insomnia is the studies being done now all over the world. Several large studies using nationally representative samples suggest that the obesity problem in Europe and the United States might have as one of its causes a corresponding decrease in the average number of hours that people are sleeping. The findings suggest that this might be happening because sleep deprivation could be disrupting hormones that regulate glucose metabolism and appetite. The association between sleep deprivation and obesity appears to be strongest in young and middle-age adults. Other scientists hold that the physical discomfort of obesity and related problems, such as sleep apnea, reduce an individual’s chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

More facts on insomnia can be found on the AASM website.