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Physically, you are completely worn out and wish for nothing more thana good night’s sleep. However, once in bed, you toss and turn,sometimes not getting a wink of sleep all night. Even when you finallythink you are able to get some sleep, you awaken to find that you havebeen asleep for only about an hour.You can’t seem to concentrate on your work either. You are veryirritable and moody. After a few nights of not being able to sleep, youseem completely withdrawn from others and are constantly depressed.Not to mention that with your lack of attention at work, your boss isprobably after you as well.Sound familiar?If this has been happening on a regular basis, you could be sufferingfrom insomnia.Rest assured that having insomnia is very common. This does not meanyou are weird or crazy, it simply means that you have a problem, andthat you need to identify what factors are causing you to lose sleepbefore establishing how you can overcome them to finally get that muchneeded snooze.How do you judge the severity of your insomnia? If you find yourselfnot being able to get that much needed few hours more than 3 times aweek and this goes for more than a month, then you are suffering fromchronic insomnia that you need to look into. Anything less is known asshort term or acute insomnia, which can still badly affect you despiteperhaps sounding less severe.Let’s get a better understanding of the definition and type of insomniayou actually have. Clinically, two types of insomnia have beenidentified. The world we live in and the stress that comes as part of itoften brings on ‘secondary insomnia’. This is the most common type ofinsomnia and based on research done by the National Heart Lung andBlood Institute, it can affect as many as 8 out of 10 people.How is secondary insomnia different from primary insomnia?Secondary insomnia indicates that the insomnia you have is beingcaused by factors that are related to emotional, neurological or medicaldisorders that you are already having. These can include:• Another illness or condition that you already have (mostcommonly related to arthritis, heart and lung conditions).Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s canalso cause secondary insomnia;