What It Is:

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to maintain sleep.  If you wake up frequently during the night, wake too early, or wake feeling tired - you may be suffering from insomnia. It may be chronic or short-term in nature, a primary condition on its own, or one symptom of a different condition altogether. It can be triggered by stress, anxiety, depression, disease, pain, medications, or even another sleep disorder. Other contributors to insomnia can be poor sleep habits, lifestyle choices, or your sleep environment.


Lack of sleep due to insomnia can contribute to poor general health, and has also been linked to heart disease and increased body pain. People with this disorder are four times more likely to suffer depression as compared to people who sleep well. The overall effect of insomnia can have a negative affect on the workplace, as well - resulting in more absences from your job and lower productivity.


Insomnia is commonly addressed with behavioral treatments - such as sleep hygiene training and relaxation techniques. It may also be treated with medications.