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Insomnia (acute or chronic)

Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.

There are three distinct types of insomnia: initial insomnia when we have difficulty falling asleep at night, middle insomnia when we have prolonged wakefulness at night, and terminal insomnia when it occurs at the end of the night.

It may be caused by poor sleep hygiene habits. The more you can focus on good sleep habits, the better chance you have of avoiding insomnia. It may also be caused by psychological factors (anxiety, depression) or physical factors (pain).

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Creatine Kinase MM (CK-MM)

CK (creatine kinase) is an enzyme (protein) found in several tissues, including muscles and the heart. Depending on the tissue, different forms of CK are present: CK-MM is primarily present in skeletal muscles, CK-MB represents 30% of CK from the heart, while CK-BB comes from the brain and smooth muscle, such as the intestinal walls. Atypical forms of CK (macro CK1 and macro CK2) can also be present. CK electrophoresis is most useful when muscular or cardiac disease does not seem to be responsible for the increased level of total CK.