This article is written by Danielle B Roberts.
According to the National Health Council, 157 million Americans will be living with at least one chronic illness. An illness is considered to be chronic if the duration is three months or longer. Some examples of common chronic illnesses are diabetes, heart disease, endometriosis, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Due to the pain and restlessness caused by chronic illnesses, many people who have a chronic illness also suffer from insomnia. About 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia. Insomnia too can be a chronic condition.
You are considered to have insomnia if you have or do any of the following:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Coming in and out of sleep in the middle of the night
- Waking up earlier than expected
- Fatigue during the day
- The feeling of being unrefreshed when you wake up
- Difficulty focusing and remembering
These are just a few of the symptoms one can experience from insomnia. Insomnia can bring on its own battles as well. Insomnia can cause you to have anxiety, depression, mood swings, and more. If you have a chronic illness, here are some things to try to help your insomnia.