The #1 Sign You Have CLINICAL Insomnia (It’s NOT Obvious!)

Insomnia can be a debilitating sleep disorder, and it is one of the most common sleep-related complaints in the world. In the United States, about 30-40% of the population has reported symptoms of insomnia, with about 10% of the population experiencing chronic insomnia.

Trouble sleeping at night can have a cascade of mental, emotional, and physical effects, but the sources of insomnia are far more complex than you might realize. So in this video, sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus explains some of the common symptoms of insomnia, what other medical conditions might contribute to insomnia, and why the most important symptom of insomnia is not always the most obvious.

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0:00 The Signs of Insomnia
0:31 Insomnia Defined
2:25 How Prevalent is Insomnia?
3:50 Insomnia Risk Factors
6:23 Pay Attention to THESE Factors
8:50 Exploring How Insomnia Begins
12:30 Insomnia and Depression
14:12 The Model for How Insomnia Works

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. Thank you for yet another great video Dr. B. I don’t think doctors are trained much in sleep medicine and the like. When I went to my GP last Spring for a bout of insomnia, he made me feel like I was telling him I was growing a unicorn horn. Left me feeling hopeless and really disconcerted. Our doctors need to be trained more on this stuff!

  2. The sleep deprived and depression are a super bad combination. In my case I did some crazy things that I don’t think I would have it I had been able to sleep

  3. Supplementing 6g of taurine and 800mg magnesium glycinate doses throughout the day has completely fixed my hyper vigilant issues

  4. When I was growing up, I trained myself to be hyper-alert. My crazy environment was unsettling to say the least.
    Now that I’m much older (over 65) I still feel as though I need to stay on guard even though I try meditating and other relaxation techniques. Other than a lobotomy, I’m not sure if this can be changed in my case. Posting this won’t help me, but maybe someone out there can identify and know you’re not alone.

    1. What about something like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or something like that? I think it helps you change the feedback loop or something of the like.

      Edit to add: I promise I’m not trying to insinuate that you haven’t tried to help yourself. I’m just wondering if this is an angle you’ve tried yet. Please don’t take offense. ❤

  5. Sadly I have a combination of all of the issues you talk about. I have Chronic Neuropathic Pain, which give me insomnia and depression. Lots of this is chicken and egg. Pain causes depression and insomnia. Insomnia causes depression, depression causes insomnia, and lack of sleep is also caused by the pain.

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