What’s your insomnia IQ?

By Jody Lawrence-Turner, Wescom News Service

A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in how you eat, think and feel When efforts to achieve a decent slumber are thwarted on one, two, maybe three nights, or every night, it’s normal to ponder the cause, consequences and possible remedies. Nearly 1 in 3 people suffer from some form of insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Take the quiz and find out how much you know about the condition.

1. What are the top three causes of insomnia?

A) Depression, medication, alcohol

B) Caffeine, environmental changes, chronic pain

C) Irregular sleep schedule, eating too late, anxiety

D) Anxiety, depression, stress

2. What action do experts recommend is best if a person can’t sleep?

A) Get out of bed

B) Practice a breathing exercise

C) Turn on a fan or noise machine

D) Drink warm milk

3. How many hours of sleep is recommended for people ages 26-64?

A) 4-6

B) 6-8

C) 7-9

D) 5-7

4. Does alcohol help a person get a good night’s sleep?

Yes or No

5. Insomnia can be diagnosed.

True or False

6. What other health problems can be triggered by insomnia?

A) Obesity

B) Heart disease

C) Diabetes

D) Anxiety

E) All of the above

7. Which of these is not a remedy for insomnia?

A) Meditation

B) Medication

C) Watching TV

D) Natural herbs

8. Which gender is more likely to suffer insomnia?

Male or Female

9. How many hours of sleep does a person with chronic insomnia get on bad nights?

A) 2-4

B) 1-2

C) 3-4

D) 4-5

10. Can insomnia be cured?

Yes or No

Sources: Mayo Clinic, National Sleep Foundation, WebMD

Answers: 1. D. 2. A. 3. C. 4. No. 5. True. 6. E. 7. C. 8. Female. 9. C. 10. Yes.

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