Insomnia is a sleep disorder where we have trouble falling and staying asleep. We spend the night tossing and turning until it’s time to get up, then we feel tired and unsettled for the rest of the day. But more than keeping us from sleeping, insomnia is an alarm bell letting us know that something else is wrong.
Some guys suffer from acute insomnia, meaning we only experience it a few times a year, typically during times of increased life stress. Other guys have chronic insomnia where we have at least three sleepless nights per week for at least one month. It can have several causes, including medical issues, erratic work schedules, poor sleep habits, substance abuse or mental issues.
10 to 15% of people report having chronic insomnia. – Medical News Today
Our ancestors slept at staggered times, ensuring someone was always awake to keep watch over the tribe and protect them from danger. It’s thought that people didn’t sleep longer than six hours and were awake at least two hours during the night.
Imagine the sense of security we’d feel today if we knew we had someone looking out for us…we’d sleep like a baby. But in modern society, we don’t. We’re left to our own devices to understand our feelings and figure out our problems. And if we don’t take the time to process what’s going on with ourselves and manage our stress, we’re not going to be sleeping very well.
Whether we suffer from acute or chronic insomnia, the sleep deprivation it causes can drain our energy during the day, negatively impact our mood, and affect our performance at work and home.
We know when insomnia is a problem when we often feel irritable, anxious or depressed during the day; we have ongoing worries about sleep; experience increased errors and accidents at work; and have difficulty paying attention. Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can lead to some serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression.
Men with chronic insomnia are four times more likely to die than men without insomnia. – Sleep Foundation
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