Insomnia – Not a Performance Boost
International movie star Angelina Jolie recently credited her ability to juggle parenting 6 children, a thriving career as an actress and her humanitarian work to having insomnia. In an interview with The Independent , Jolie acknowledged, "I really don't get much sleep, but I fortunately don't need much. Insomnia has become a bonus." Insomnia is not a bonus for most Americans – in fact, it is the most common sleep complaint and can be either acute, lasting one to several nights, or chronic, even lasting months to years. Insomnia can be a serious medical condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep (waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep), waking up too early in the morning or feeling tired upon waking. Decreased work performance, depression or mood changes and an increased risk of automotive crashes are among the consequences of insomnia. But there is hope for Angelina Jolie and the millions of Americans suffering from insomnia– the condition is treatable. Treatment options include:
Talk to your healthcare professional if you have any trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep and to properly diagnose insomnia symptoms .