What you need to know about insomnia 

A restless night's sleep here or there is normal. But if you find yourself tossing and turning, and you having trouble falling and staying asleep often, you may be suffering from insomnia. The Mayo Clinic explains that people who suffer from insomnia have trouble sleeping despite having ample time and opportunity to catch some zzz's.
On top of not sleeping well, insomnia affects you during the day, too. Getting little, or no, good sleep at night leaves you feeling hazy, unrefreshed and tired throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic also says that it can drain you of energy, affecting your mood, health and even work and personal life.
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What causes insomnia? 
Insomnia is caused by a variety of other conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic, including:
- Stress in your personal life and at work
- Anxieties from everyday life, or as a result of serious disorders
- Depression
- Chronic pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Change in work environment or schedule
- Poor sleep habits
- Certain prescriptions
- Caffeine and alcohol 
- Eating too much before bed
Symptoms of insomnia
According to WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of insomnia include:
- Sleepiness during the day
- General tiredness
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Awakening during the night
- Waking up too early
- Irritability
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Tension headaches
- Upset stomach and intestinal distress
- Ongoing worries about sleep
Treating insomnia
If you have acute or even moderate insomnia, your doctor might talk to you about lifestyle changes, de-stressing and finding ways to practice good sleep habits. Sometimes your doctor might also prescribe sleeping pills, but these aren't really a long-term solution.
If you are diagnosed with serious, chronic insomnia, your doctor will try to find a way to treat any other conditions that might be causing it. If that doesn't work, then you might be prescribed therapy, which can help change the behaviors that cause and make insomnia worse.  
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No matter what, your doctor will talk with you about the severity of your insomnia and what solution is best for you. So if you recognize any of these symptoms in your own life, get in touch with your health-care provider so you can discuss diagnosis and possible treatment to help you lead a healthier life.
Resources WebMD and Mayo Clinic
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