What is chronic insomnia?

Chronic insomnia occurs most nights and lasts one month or more. Around 48% of Americans experience insomnia occasionally, and 22% experience insomnia every night or almost every night. According to a study, 39% of women said they had a good night's sleep every night or almost every night; 32% reported a good night's sleep a few nights a week; 14% said they only sleep well a few nights a month; 11% reported rarely getting a good night's sleep and 4% reported never getting a good night of sleep.
A study emerged indicating that chronic insomnia may be doing more damage to your brain than you ever thought: it could be associated with a wasting away of its gray matter.

The area in question is known as a “stress sensitive” region, which involves memory formation. And the scientists who headed up this study out of the Netherlands have shown that insomnia patients have lower gray matter density in the brain regions that helps us to evaluate pleasant stimuli (i.e., that which helps us get to sleep!), as well as in regions related to the brain’s “resting state” (i.e., sleep!). These researchers noted smaller gray matter in people with chronic insomnia who were otherwise psychiatrically healthy!

If you suffer from insomnia, get help in finding out its root cause. The brain is not something you want to lose over lack of sleep. And it’s not something you can get back easily once it’s gone.

When you have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep, the technical term for this condition is insomnia. Almost everyone experiences insomnia occasionally. If you have insomnia at least three times a week for a month or more, you have chronic insomnia.

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