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Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Symptoms of Insomnia

Insomnia symptoms may include:

  • Problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or both
  • Early awakening.
  • Not feeling refreshed after sleep and/or feeling tired during the day

Insomnia may lead to other problems, such as:

  • Problems focusing or performing at work or school
  • Moodiness or trouble getting along with others
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • More errors or accidents
  • Tension headaches or digestive problems
  • Worries about sleep


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  • Insomnia. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/insomnia. Accessed March 17, 2022.
  • Insomnia. National Sleep Foundation website. Available at: https://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/home. Accessed March 17, 2022.
  • Patel D, Steinberg J, et al. Insomnia in the elderly: a review. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(6):1017-1024.


  • Nicole Meregian, PA
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