You’re awake, but are you aware? PART 1

What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder, but what causes insomnia? Is it genetic? Is it environmental? Is it the result of something else altogether? The short answer is that insomnia may be caused by a number of things. That’s why it’s important to get the facts about insomnia and to talk to your doctor about your particular situation.
Use these articles, this site, and our Doctor Discussion Guide about insomnia to have a more meaningful conversation with your doctor. There may be more to your sleeplessness than you realize.
The wake and sleep system can play a role in insomnia.The wake and sleep system can play a role in insomnia.
What does insomnia mean?
While the Latin word insomnia literally means “no sleep,” what’s causing yours may not be so easy to define. Your brain actually has two systems that affect your sleep. One helps you sleep; the other helps keep you awake. If your wake system stays active when it’s time to sleep, it’s considered to be in an overactive state, and could result in insomnia.
What should you do if you think you have insomnia?
Talk to your doctor. Your doctor might have more information about the causes of insomnia and appropriate treatments. Learn some important information here and then you can discuss next steps with your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about insomnia.Talk to your doctor about insomnia.

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