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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or frequent waking from sleep. If this sounds like you, it is no surprise–there are between 10 and 35 percent of adults that suffer from insomnia.

 Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder affecting a large percentage of people in the United States.  According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 10 percent of adults suffer from chronic insomnia and up to 35 percent of adults suffer from short-term insomnia, which can last up to three months. People who struggle with insomnia experience anxiety, fatigue, irritability, moodiness, lack of concentration, poor memory, poor quality performance at work or school, lack of motivation or energy, mistakes or accidents at work or while driving and headaches. With the help of donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, specialists in sleep medicine at Northwestern Medicine will be able to advance their research into risk factors, symptoms and treatments associated with insomnia.  

 There are a number of underlying causes for insomnia. The most common causes include:

  • Stress
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, chronic pain
  • Medication
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Environmental disorders
  • Hormone changes
  • Jet lag
  • Unhealthy sleep habits
  • Nicotine and alcohol use
  • Dietary choices
  • Eating too much late in the evening

 Insomnia becomes more common as people get older. With age, sleep becomes less restful, and noise or other changes in the environment are more likely to keep you awake. Also, pain from conditions such as arthritis, depression or anxiety may interfere with sleep. To determine whether someone suffers from insomnia, Northwestern Medicine sleep specialists will conduct several exams. This process may include an examination of medical history, sleep history, a physical exam and a sleep study where scientists monitor the patient’s sleep.

Insomnia Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help Northwestern Medicine’s sleep specialists to continue to help people overcome insomnia and experience quality, restful sleep.

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