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.