Teenage Insomnia FAQ
What is insomnia?
What are the different types of insomnia and what causes them?
Can insomnia in teens be inherited?
Q: What is insomnia?
A: Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Insomniacs have been known to complain about being unable to close their eyes or "rest their mind" for more than a few minutes at a time. Both organic and non-organic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in year 2007, approximately 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. Insomnia tends to increase with age and affects about 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. Back to top.
Q: What are the different types of insomnia and what causes them?
A:Insomnia can be:
- Transient (short term) insomnia lasts from a single night to a few weeks.
- Intermittent (on and off) insomnia is short term, which happens from time to time.
- Chronic (ongoing) insomnia occurs at least 3 nights a week over a month or more.
- Insomnia in teenagers is often related to a condition that is known as delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS). More on DSPS.
Chronic insomnia is either primary or secondary:
- Primary insomnia is not related to any other health problem.
- Secondary insomnia can be caused by a medical condition (such as cancer, asthma, or arthritis), drugs, stress or a mental health problem (such as depression), or a poor sleep environment (such as too much light or noise, or a bed partner who snores). Back to top.
Q: Can insomnia in teens be inherited?
A: Yes. The University of Pittsburgh conducted a study of teenage insomnia and it discovered that the children whose parents had insomnia, those teens were over twice as likely to have insomnia themselves, use some type of insomnia treatment or drug, and also complain of fatigue. More than twice as likely than teens whose parents were insomnia free. Back to top.