Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Usually, insomnia problems that have only been present for a few days or weeks arise from one of two sources.
The first source is a change in your living and sleeping "environment." Your sleep "environment" includes everything that orients your brain to your schedule and conditions your brain to anticipate sleep:
your work and eating schedule
adjustment to travel, including jet-lag
your exercise frequency, duration, and timing during the day
noise in your sleeping location
light in your sleeping location
your bedtime ritual
stimulation prior to sleep, such as reading or viewing television
a new bed or mattress
change in room temperature
unpleasant odors in the bedroom.
The second source of short-term insomnia is an increase in emotional stress. This can arise from a stressful life event, relationship difficulties, performance anxiety, work or school stresses, a medical illness, or a mental illness such as depression.
Considering your own situation, which category would you consider the most likely source of your sleep disruption?