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Are You a Night Owl or Suffering from Insomnia? How to Tell the Difference

Posted by Lisa Floyd on Mar 12, 2018 10:45:00 AM

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Being a night owl and suffering from insomnia are two completely different conditions. For night owls, their circadian rhythm is adjusted differently, but they are able to sleep. Those with insomnia may go long periods sleeping very little or without sleeping at all, and their daily routine may suffer accordingly. Both conditions may be affected by, or even confused with, sleeping on an old, uncomfortable mattress.

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Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome - This is the more technical definition of a “night owl.” People with DSPS have trouble following the typical circadian cycle of restful nighttime sleep. They generally have trouble falling asleep until late at night (early morning), and may only sleep a few hours per night.

Sleep Onset Insomnia - This condition is similar to insomnia, and is common in people with DSPS. The most common symptom is an inability to fall asleep immediately after going to bed at night, and may last for 30 minutes to an hour.

Insomnia - People with insomnia have trouble sleeping. They may toss and turn for long periods before initially falling asleep, and find themselves waking fully at any time during the night. Insomnia can range from just being an inconvenience to disrupting your life.

Before accepting that you are a night owl or insomniac, look into the possibility of having a worn out mattress. Sleep experts believe you should replace your mattress every 8 to 10 years, or any time you notice sagging or uncomfortable pressure points in the mattress surface. To find out more about getting a restful night’s sleep, come and talk with our experienced sleep specialists at Land of Sleep.

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