The 10 Different Types of Insomnia (Part 3)

July 18, 2013


Watching the third and final installment of “The Lord of the Rings” may invoke a feeling of both accomplishment and loss, but that doesn’t mean that the it isn’t any less satisfying and important than the two previous parts (Part 1 and Part 2) that came before it.

The same thing can be said about this post. Although you might be thinking, “What? how can this 3-part series about insomnia possibly go anywhere remotely near comparing to something as EPIC as Lord of the Rings?” Well, if you grant me the pleasure of defending to that, I just want you to remember how Frodo Baggins had so much insomnia due to that One Ring.

Now, I don’t think “insomnia due to the evil effects of the power Dark lord infused in a ring of power” will ever make it on this list, but you get the point. Everyone can relate to lack of sleep – even wizards!

Don’t be fooled! Gandalf had to use white magic to be able to sleep with his eyes open.

Idiopathic Insomnia

Don’t you sometimes find it irksome and annoying and sometimes just really frustrating how you’re born with or without something that you can’t choose? For example, some people prefer to have been born with the talent to sing or dance or draw or do math (I’m serious), thinking that they’re better off with it.

It can also range to being born without the annoying siblings that you have, or being born with a certain sibling. On the subject of insomnia, it’s much much more annoying and frustrating to find out if you’re born with a certain type of it that just exists in your life (and in your nights) for no apparent reason. It just wants to keep you awake just because maybe the insomnia fairy is bored and was looking for someone to mess with.

Insomnia Fairy

Insomnia fairy? Sounds ridiculous, right? But actually, according to scientific research… actually yeah, it is ridiculous. But that’s the closest we can get to explaining idiopathic insomnia. The word “idiopathic” basically means that it’s there for no known cause. Simply put, idiopathic insomnia just arises itself in a person’s life on most nights for no knowable reason.

The bad thing about this is that it’s a lifelong disorder. It starts from infancy and continues all the way into adulthood. It can’t be explained, just like why Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes… ermm… happened. I guess we can just blame it on some sort of fairy.

Psychophysiological Insomnia

This is a bad kind of insomnia, almost as bad as idiopathic insomnia. Well, aside from the person having this disorder will be too sleep-deprived to actually just spell the disorder, it’s something both mental and emotional that has physical and social repercussions.

Basically, psychophysss – psycho… Never mind. Even typing it makes me quit. Let’s just call it PPSL Insomnia. PPSL is caused by excessive worrying. Now, you might remember that adjustment insomnia is also caused by anxiousness – too much good excitement or just plain old bad worry. But here’s the deal with PPSL insomnia – the “excitement” or mental / emotional “agitation” that causes the anxiety is not mainly based on anything outside the activity of sleep.

What do I mean exactly? The person with PPSL insomnia is worried because he / she is afraid of not sleeping. Their anxiety begins and rises in seriousness the closer they are to bedtime. They’re worried that they can’t sleep, therefore, the worrying causes them to actually not sleep. Crazy, huh? Yep, that’s why it’s called a disorder.

Although, it can be caused by remembering events or imagined circumstances in the head (like adjustment insomnia). What sets PPSL insomnia apart is that it’s based almost purely on the worry-cycle of not sleeping. It’s horrendous. You don’t have any “insomnia fairy” to blame, so I guess you just have to blame it on a balance and incoordination of the psychological demeanour and the physiological build-up.

See? It’s not just I have insomnia. It’s also saying what type of insomnia you have. Now the purpose of this series is to just simply give you a run-through of the 10 basic and relatively common types of insomnia. Don’t self-diagnose yourself – or worse, don’t you dare self-medicate. Consult your friendly physician; they’ll know what to do. So there you have it! Good night, and sweet dreams! (Hopefully you can, without any kind of insomnia).