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The Quality and Quantity of Sleep Surveys in industrialized western countries found that in any one year about one-third of the adult population say they have some degree of Insomnia 34 doctors said that about 12 of their patients complain of sleep disturbance Lack and Thorn 1991 They also sound that 33 of adults reported difficulty sleeping and 11 said they has problems sleeping at least frequently Other research indicates that 75 of people with chronic insomnia who seek treatment at clinics or are poor sleepers blame the sleep problems on stressful life events Kales 1984 Even though the information from Kales seems like a high estimate it appears likely that chronic insomnia often develops from emotionally transient or short-term insomnia Insomnia can be looked at as total lack of sleep but others say its a sleep disorder Allen 1991 believes that insomnia is not a disorder but a symptom or a group of symptoms Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep frequently and prolonged gross physical or psychological pathology This is said to be one of the most common sleep disturbances Insomnia is the opposite form of sleep disturbance and it may be an associated with a variety of pathological conditions There are different kinds of insomnia 1 Transient insomnia which is a sleep complaint that has been present for only a few nights 2 Short-term insomnia a condition that last for six or eight weeks and 3 Chronic insomnia which are symptoms that have been occurring for years Mant Bearpark 1990 Some drugs and behaviors can result in or worsen sleep problems such as drinking caffeine-containing beverages smoking and alcohol intake before going to bed Varying bedtimes from night to night and changing work shifts are other lifestyle factors that can undermine sleep quality Searle 1998 Environmental factors such as noise from passing traffic airplanes neighbors stereo blasting aloud too much light in a room and extreme temperature can
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