Are There Different Types of Insomnia?

Here are some terms used to describe insomnia:

  • Acute insomnia: Short-term insomnia usually caused by a life event, such as a stressful change in a person's job, receiving bad news, or travel.
  • Chronic insomnia: Long-term insomnia. Insomnia is considered chronic if a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at least 3 nights per week for 3 months or longer.
  • Comorbid insomnia: Insomnia that occurs with another condition.
  • Onset insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night.
  • Maintenance insomnia: Waking up frequently throughout the night and having trouble returning back to sleep.

Talk to your health care professional about what you’re experiencing.

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