Forty-eight percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night*
Women are 1.3 times more likely to report insomnia than men
People over age 65 are 1.5 times more likely to complain of insomnia than younger people
Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia
Insomnia is a common feature of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. However, a new analysis finds that patients with both insomnia and comorbid mental health issues are often not prescribed medication to treat insomnia
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which tracks annual physician visits among Americans. According to the results, 38 percent of patients seeking treatment for insomnia between 1995 and 2004 had at least one comorbid condition. The results also revealed that those with a psychiatric co-morbidity were less likely to receive pharmacotherapy for insomnia. These findings indicate that there is a lack of standardization when it comes to treating comorbid insomnia and that mental health practitioners may need to do more to address their patients’ sleep problems, particularly since poor sleep may contribute to or worsen mental illness
If you suffer from insomnia, consider the following guidelines for better sleep: Exercise regularly, about six hours before you want to sleep.
Avoid napping.
Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day.
Save your worries for daytime (If concerns come to mind in bed, write them down in a “worry” book, then close the book until the morning.).
Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a hot bath or listening to calming music

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