Middle Insomnia

Last Updated: August 26, 2018

Definition - What does Middle Insomnia mean?

Middle insomnia, also called sleep maintenance insomnia, is characterized by sporadic episodes of waking during the night followed by difficulty in resuming normal sleep patterns. Women are more susceptible than men to the effects of middle insomnia, which is often referred to as a subset condition of a primary insomnia disorder. In many cases, middle insomnia is tied to a number of environmental circumstances, physiological changes and/or psychological disturbances including familial dysfunction, menopause, and/or chronic depression.

WorkplaceTesting explains Middle Insomnia

Sleep disorders are a common and often undiagnosed health issue characterized by symptoms of intermittent snoring, irregular breathing rate, periodic waking spells and/or problems falling back asleep. Individuals suffering from insomnia or other forms of sleep-related disorders are also candidates for developing lifelong pathological conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. For women approaching midlife, it is common for them to sleep a bit less, as the biochemical necessity for sleep decreases with age. However, middle insomnia patients who encounter random intervals of wakefulness at night struggle to acquire sufficient sleep.

Primary insomnia and other sleep disorders can have a financial impact on employers, as they can lead to employee absenteeism, an increase in workplace accidents and/or injuries, and productivity constraints. Medical experts suggest that the underlying cause for middle insomnia is attributed to manageable elements including lifestyle habits, regular diet, sleep hygiene, and stress relief mechanisms.

Employers can benefit from incorporating sleep disorder awareness, coupled with practical treatment methods, as an addition to employee wellness programs. For instance, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) introduces coping strategies to people experiencing middle insomnia disturbances on a recurrent nightly basis. This approach helps people with predisposed negative feelings or thoughts to establish a positive view towards personal activities and job performance standards.

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