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Insomnia in adults - What are the symptoms of insomnia?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you have insomnia (poor-quality sleep), you may find it hard to fall asleep or to stay asleep, or both.

The three main types of sleep disturbance are:[6]

  • Difficulty falling asleep. This is the most common problem

  • Difficulty staying asleep. Older people are more likely to have this problem

  • Early morning awakening. You may wake up early and be unable to get back to sleep. This problem is less common.

You could also have problems during the day because you haven't had enough sleep. You may:

  • Feel tired

  • Be irritable

  • Find it hard to concentrate.


For references related to Insomnia in adults click here.
Last Updated: January 29, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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