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What is insomnia?

What is insomnia?
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders.

Although insomnia is usually conceived only as difficulty initiating sleep, the truth is that difficulty sleeping can take several forms:
* Difficulty falling asleep at bedtime (initial insomnia, the most common of the three).
* Frequent awakening during the night (middle insomnia).
* Waking up too early in the morning, earlier than planned (terminal insomnia).
This prevents the recovery that the body needs during sleep, can cause daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and inability to feel active during the day.
There are several determinants of this sleep disorder. Factors such as stress, high body activation or depression are relevant. At present, it is common prescription drugs for short-term treatment of insomnia. However, there is an adequate solution to medium and long term, preferring to evaluate in these cases other techniques such as behavioral or cognitive therapy. A leading issue in addressing this disorder (insomnia is actually a symptom, not a disease) is to educate patients about the principles of prophylaxis or call sleep hygiene.

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