What is ahypnia (sleeplessness)?
(02.21.2008)

The typical symptom of insomnia is that a patient goes to bed, finds it difficult to fall asleep and the duration lasts for more than two weeks.

The extreme symptoms are: a patient goes to bed and finds it difficult to fall asleep, wakes up early or wakes up many times during sleep, has poly-dreams or nightmares, lies in bed between sleeping and waking, or remains awake throughout the night. If such a sleeping state lasts for a short time and other indispositions are not obvious, and the daytime work, study and social activities are not affected, then the state may be called insomnia, but may not be regarded as ahypnia.

Insomnia is caused by disturbing or stressful factors in daily life, and is manifested by temporarily finding it difficult to sleep or waking many times during sleep or waking early. This is a common phenomenon, and after proper assessment of the mind or lifestyle, the patient may resume to normal sleep without drugs. This demonstrates that the human normal sleeping function can be self-regulated, so temporary insomnia in daily life is not abnormal or unusual, and the patient may resume sleeping normality after proper self-regulation and therefore not require sleeping pills.

If such symptoms last for more than two weeks and complications occur such as dizziness, headaches, mental disturbance or palpitations, and the daytime work, study and social activities are affected obviously, then it may be called ahypnia. The disease of ahypnia is also classified into light, mild and severe degrees. Thus, the diagnosis of ahypnia needs comprehensive consideration through measurement and assessment.