What does insomnia mean?

Definitions for insomniaɪnˈsɒm ni ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insomnia(noun)

    an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness


  1. insomnia(Noun)

    a sleeping disorder that is known for its symptoms of unrest and the inability to sleep

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insomnia(noun)

    want of sleep; inability to sleep; wakefulness; sleeplessness

  2. Origin: [L., fr. insomnis sleepless; pref. in- not + somnus sleep.]


  1. Insomnia

    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

  1. Insomnia

    in-som′ni-a, n. sleeplessness.—adj. Insom′nious.—n. Insom′nōlence. [L. insomnis, sleepless.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insomnia in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insomnia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dianne Augelli:

    Anxiety and depression can cause insomnia or insomnia can cause those.

  2. Michelle Drerup:

    Now the insomnia has developed a life of its own; it's become a behavioral pattern.

  3. Michelle Drerup:

    Working with someone with insomnia is really individualizing the plan of what's going to work in their situation.

  4. Madonna:

    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?

  5. Michelle Drerup:

    We used to think of it as insomnia secondary to depression and anxiety, we call it comorbid insomnia now; they both impact each other.

Images & Illustrations of insomnia

  1. insomniainsomniainsomnia

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