Today is Insomnia Awareness Day

Insomnia by Freddy Monteiro
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Insomnia can happen to anybody

Don’t be surprised if you get hit with daytime sleepiness or struggle to fall asleep this week. Insomnia or hypersomnolence could be two legitimate responses to the “spring forward” disruption of our circadian rhythms during the transition to Daylight Saving Time.

But if you keep experiencing insomnia, please take action. Sleeplessness is going to have a serious impact on your health over time, and lays the foundation for the development of chronic illness. Insomnia is defined as:

  • being unable to fall asleep
  • waking frequently in the middle of the night
  • awakening too early and being unable to return to sleep