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Sleep Disorders

Updated 15 May 2018

Symptoms of insomnia

Those who regularly suffer from insomnia will know how debilitating this condition can be.

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Insomnia typically involves the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep, or waking up too early.
  • Waking up feeling unrefreshed or drowsy. In more severe cases of insomnia, you may feel fatigued, depressed, anxious or irritable.
  • People with insomnia often suffer from daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
  • Forgetfulness and trouble concentrating.

Reviewed by Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, specialist neuropsychiatrist in sleep disorders at The London Sleep Centre and The Constantia Sleep Centre. FRCPsych. April 2018.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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