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Experience Insomnia After September 11th
According to the National Library of Medicine, 25% of Americans occasionally have insomnia, while insomnia is chronic for about 10% of the population. "Sleep problems frequently experienced by those polled in the immediate aftermath of September 11th included: difficulty falling asleep (44%), awakenings during the night (48%) and waking up feeling unrefreshed (50%)," a press release from the NSF states. "Nearly two of out five respondents (39%) said they awakened too early and couldn't get back to sleep. Each of these sleep problems is characterized by a symptom of insomnia by sleep experts," according to the release. The pollsters report that stress and anxiety were the leading causes of frequent night awakenings. "Among those who reported an inability to sleep through the night, 71% attributed the problem to stress and anxiety, while fear (33%), depression (32%) and bad dreams (23%) were other reasons cited," the survey found. The NSF also found that 50% of females surveyed compared with 37% of males reported that they frequently had difficulty falling asleep in the aftermath of the attacks .