If you've ever lain awake in bed, maybe counting sheep, unable to sleep you can identify with the common sleep problem of Insomnia.
Ten to 15 percent of all people who have a hard time falling asleep, or staying asleep, at sometime in their life.For most it's just a phase they get through but, for others like the mother of KKTV 11 News reporter Stephanie Ross it becomes a long time struggle that affects every aspect of their lives.
The frustration associated with just trying to get some sleep can be overwhelming.
"I can't fall asleep cause I'm anxious and I'm anxious because I can't fall asleep."
Gloria Ross has had a hard time sleeping almost her entire life.
"Some nights I may be awake for 5 hours and then drift off to sleep."
Unlike many sleep disorders, Insomnia is actually a symptom that can be brought on by a variety of different things. For Gloria, it was Graves Disease that triggered her worst bouts of sleeplessness. But even after that was cured, her Insomnia continued.
"Well I thought, maybe its para menopause, and maybe it's menopause, I just didn't know how else to explain it, but it never completely went away."
Dr. Rummel, a sleep specialist at the Memorial Hospital Sleep Center treats this common disorder with a variety of medications and behavioral therapy. He says one of the biggest mistakes of Insomniacs is staying in bed trying to fall asleep.
"The bedroom becomes a place that you obsess about sleep, you work hard on sleep, it in and of itself becomes a frustrating environment."
Frustrating and exhausting for the thousands of people that suffer night and day from lack of sleep.
"I know its a very difficult thing to deal with , and I feel sorry for anyone that shares in my experiences."
For people that suffer from Insomnia, sleep aids do help but the Sleep Disorders Center in Colorado Springs recommends also adjusting your sleep disorders center in Colorado Springs recommends also adjusting your sleep environment to help induce sleepiness.