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Spot check quiz: ARE YOU A BAD SLEEPER? Take this test to find out if you are suffering from insomnia...

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1 Do you have difficulty falling asleep? YES NO

2 Do you wake up frequently during the night? YES NO

3 Do you have difficulty going back to sleep after waking up? YES NO

4 Do you wake up too early in the morning? YES NO

5 Do you wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed? YES NO

6 Do you get sleepy during the day? YES NO

7 Do you get irritable and have a hard time concentrating? YES NO

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If you answered mostly YES you could be suffering from insomnia.

1-4 Trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep, are the main symptoms of insomnia. Even waking too early in the morning is a sign of insomnia. Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night in order to wake up feeling refreshed. However, some people need less sleep. What makes people with insomnia different from people who sleep fewer hours is the quality of their day. If you wake up refreshed and with energy, you are probably getting enough sleep.

5-7 If you wake up feeling tired, or if you fight sleepiness at work and have little energy or patience, insomnia may be your problem. Talk to your GP about treatments that can improve your sleep without making you groggy the next day.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 11, 2014
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