an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
a sleeping disorder that is known for its symptoms of unrest and the inability to sleep
want of sleep; inability to sleep; wakefulness; sleeplessness
Origin: [L., fr. insomnis sleepless; pref. in- not + somnus sleep.]
Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic evidence of disturbed sleep, insomnia is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: "Do you experience difficulty sleeping?" or "Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?" Insomnia is most often thought of as both a sign and a symptom that can accompany several sleep, medical, and psychiatric disorders characterized by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. Insomnia is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Insomnia can occur at any age, but it is particularly common in the elderly. Insomnia can be short term or long term, which can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents. Those who are having trouble sleeping sometimes turn to sleeping pills, which can help when used occasionally but may lead to dependence or addiction if used regularly for an extended period.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-som′ni-a, n. sleeplessness.—adj. Insom′nious.—n. Insom′nōlence. [L. insomnis, sleepless.]
The numerical value of insomnia in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of insomnia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Anxiety and depression can cause insomnia or insomnia can cause those.
I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?
We used to think of it as insomnia secondary to depression and anxiety, we call it comorbid insomnia now; they both impact each other.
On the other hand, if you feel energized after your workouts, you should keep doing it in the morning, time change or not, because you don’t want that energy boost to lead to insomnia.
We don't have this knee jerk reaction of giving a sleeping pill to everyone who suffers from insomnia, we try to determine why, and then we try to remove what's causing or perpetuating insomnia.
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- бессань, бяссонніцаBelarusian
- insomniCatalan, Valencian
- svøvnloysi, andvekurFaroese
- bacadh-cadailScottish Gaelic
- נְדוּדֵי שֵׁנָהHebrew
- andvaka, svefnleysiIcelandic
- 不眠症, 不眠Japanese
- 不眠症, 불면증Korean
- søvnløshet, søvnløyseNorwegian
- søvnløyseNorwegian Nynorsk
- бессонница, инсомнияRussian
- insomnija, инсомнија, бесаница, nesanica, несаница, besanicaSerbo-Croatian
- sömnlöshet, insomniSwedish
- mất ngủVietnamese
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