Primary Insomnia
or Secondary Insomnia?

Continued from Types of Insomnia Part One

Primary Insomnia and Secondary Insomnia are other types of insomnia diagnoses you may hear about in addition to Transient, Acute and Chronic insomnia as outlined in Part One.

What is Primary Insomnia?

It's considered Primary Insomnia if your sleep problem includes difficulty falling asleep (sleep-onset insomnia or delayed sleep phase syndrome), staying asleep or waking too early (nocturnal awakenings or sleep maintenance insomnia) and is not a result of another medical or psychiatric condition.

Primary insomnia, usually lasting for more than a month, is often the result of bad sleep habits that sometime starts in your youth and becomes 'normal' (to you) over time.

Primary Insomnia

What Causes Primary Insomnia?

Or, it can be caused by worry, such as your finances, fretting about your inability to sleep; any emotional or stressful situation; issues out of your control; environmental disturbances such as a snoring partner, noisy neighbors, a furnace or air conditioner; kids and pets; or even travel -- whether it's jet lag, anticipation or inability to sleep in strange places.

Often the solution can be as simple as acknowledging your bad sleeping habits and being willing to replace them with new good ones or discovering a way to eliminate the disturbances that affect your sleep.

What is Secondary Insomnia?

Secondary Insomnia is when there is a medical, psychiatric or environmental cause. When there is another medical problem involved including emotional, neurological, physical or another sleep disorder, that's when it's called Secondary Insomnia.

It is also considered Secondary Insomnia if your sleep quality is being affected by the medications you are taking to alleviate your health issues.

Long term use of sedatives or sleep medications can also be a co-factor. Stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine products as well as substance use, can be a factor while taking or withdrawing from them.

Insomnia Causes

Some conditions that can cause insomnia are:
• Women/hormones: menopause, hot flashes, perimenopause, pregnancy
• Psychiatric: depression, anxiety, brain injury
• Pain: from an injury, physical exercise, arthritis, headache, migraine
• Breathing: asthma, COPD, heart disease
• Digestive: GERD, heartburn, acid reflux, food allergies
• Other sleep disorders: Restless leg syndrome (RLS), obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders
• Thyroid: hyperthyroidism (underactive), hyperthyroidism (overactive)
• Other diseases: obesity, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, hypertension (blood pressure), diabetes, heart, stroke
plus others

Less Common Types of Insomnia

A few other types of insomnia that are less common but nevertheless affect some people their entire lives include:
• idiopathic insomnia
• terminal insomnia
• psycho physiological insomnia "psychophysiological"
• adjustment sleep disorder
• childhood insomnia
• alcohol insomnia
• hypersomnia (patients sleep excessively)
shift work sleep disorder

Good News, Bad News for Overcoming Insomnia

Diagnosing insomnia can be beneficial to individuals that repeatedly have symptoms of restless nights. If you suffer from Primary Insomnia ... the good news is changing your behavioral habits or dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression will improve your sleep quality in a shorter time than you might expect.

The bad news is there is no magic bullet. Willingness to change your old bad sleep habits is your biggest obstacle. And it requires your commitment to try new techniques.

As with most things, it's easier when you have the right tools (proven techniques and devices).

Effective Leading-edge Sleep Solutions Are Here For You

I've saved you the five years it took me in researching and testing the many drug-free tips, techniques and devices recommended by top sleep experts in order to conquer my insomnia.

And this ongoing research continues to save you time by keeping you up to date on the latest developments on effective, leading-edge sleep solutions.

My determination to overcome my insomnia and sleep apnea without drugs worked.  My chronic insomnia and sleep apnea episodes are now history and have been for several years. By following the many tips and techniques you'll find throughout my website,  I now lead an  active, pain-free life filled with joy and enthusiasm and without drugs.

If I Can Do It, You Can Too!

If you want to experience similar results and find a solution for your Primary Insomnia, start with these proven, drug-free sleep hygiene tips and techniques.

If Secondary Insomnia is your challenge, be sure to talk to your health care professional. Complement your health care professional's advice and speed your recovery by following the sleep hygiene tips and techniques recommended for Primary Insomnia suffers.

The worst thing you can do is do nothing! You will be missing out on your best years and your condition will worsen.

If you are serious about improving your quality of life and feeling more alive than you have for many years, you won't want to miss future proven and effective natural remedies that will be added to this site.

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Once you've accepted that there is no magic bullet and you commit to making a few 'painless' changes, you'll be amazed a how quickly you see and feel the results from overcoming your primary insomnia –– often overnight!

You'll question why you put up with so many sleepless nights and energy and life limiting health issues – for all those years.

Experiencing your best ever sleep, renewed vitality and an improved quality of life will be your generous reward for making some modifications to your life style.

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